January 14, 2014

hmv's Albums of 2014: Emeli Sande
by Tom
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hmv's Albums of 2014: Emeli Sande

Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's the turn of Emeli Sande, how on earth will she follow up 'Our Version Of Events'?


A little background…

Throughout 2012 and 2013, nobody in the UK enjoyed success like Emeli Sandé did. She has sold over three million copies of her debut albums Our Version Of Events, sang in front of millions at the Olympic closing ceremony, for President Obama and at countless huge award shows.

In fact, despite the fact that Sandé has spent the last few months of the year quietly working away on nice music and having a well-earned break, she still had the second biggest selling album of the year and was only narrowly edged out by some band called One Direction…

So, no pressure for her second album then…


What It's Called?

No idea. 'Your Version Of Events'?, no, that's silly…


Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?

Sande worked with 10 different producers on her debut record and she'll have her pick of them this time, so it's far to assume she'll have some high-profile names. Naughty Boy, who was behind the controls on eight tracks on her debut, has already confirmed that the two have been working together again.

There's no word on guests either, but given Sandé's penchant for collaborations (she's worked with the likes of Labrinth, Professor Green and Rudimental in the past), it seems pretty likely there will be one or two.

Our Version of Events
Our Version of Events Emeli Sande

What Will It Sound Like?

Speaking about the record, Naughty Boy has said that Sandé wants to create something different and more challenging, telling Entertainment Wise: "I'm really excited about it because it's her second album. Once you get past the pressure, we have to carry on making music for ourselves and that is what translates. She's evolving as an artist and evolving as a person so I think it's important that she changes it up a bit."

In spite of that talk, it's likely to be a very gradual evolution; Sandé's voice will be given even greater prominence, and you can bet there will be plenty of big ol' ballads.


Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?

Glyn Aitkins, who is head of A&R at Sande's label Virgin also said she expected the record to emerge in 2014, telling Music Week: "She's got to take some time to organise her thoughts and start writing songs for her next record. It may happen quickly. It may take some time, but I think she would want another album to come out perhaps next year. She's very diligent and has a very solid work ethic. She's very serious about what she does, which is a joy."

Given how well Sandé's debut album did, her label will surely be doing everything they can to make sure that her second album emerges this year. We’d bet on a summer release slot for this.

Emeli Sandé - Next To Me

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