Sam Smith becomes only artist to sell one million albums in UK and US in 2014

Artist passed milestone in UK in the last 24 hours

Sam Smith has become the only artist to sell one million albums in the UK and US in 2014 with his debut record ‘In The Lonely Hour’.

According to data from the Official Charts Company, ‘In The Lonely Hour’ had sold 1.007 million copies by midnight last night, making it only the second artist album to reach the landmark in the UK this year, after Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ achieved the feat in November.

In the US, the only other records to pass the million-mark this year are Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ and the Frozen soundtrack, according to Nielsen Music.

Official Charts’ Chief Executive Martin Talbot said: “Many festive congratulations to Sam. To hit a million anywhere is impressive, but to become the only artist in the world to do so on both sides of the Atlantic is quite remarkable. His journey in 2014, from unknown newcomer winning the Brit Awards’ Critics Choice award to internationally-renowned double million-seller, has been incredible.”

Smith told OfficialCharts.com: “OFFICIALLY sold 1 MILLION copies of ‘In The Lonely Hour’! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”

‘In The Lonely Hour’ became the fastest-selling debut album of the year in the UK when it went straight in at Number One in May. The album has spent just one week outside the Top Five since its release.

In October, Smith took home four Mobos and he is nominated for six Grammy awards in 2015 including best new artist.