Sam Smith equals The Beatles’ record as debut album remains in Top Five for entire year

The British singer released his first full-length 'In The Lonely Hour' in May 2014

Singer Sam Smith has achieved a feat only managed previously by The Beatles.

A year after its May 2014 release, Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ remains high in the UK Albums Chart, making it only the second LP to stay in the Top Five of the chart for 12 consecutive months (50 weeks).

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The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ remained in the Top Five for 51 consecutive weeks following its release in 1963, and 56 weeks overall. The only other album, and non-debut release, to achieve such a feat was Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, which managed to stay in the Top Five for 52 weeks back in 1970 (and 84 consecutive weeks overall).

Smith said of the news: “Seeing this statistic genuinely makes me feel very weird, but also insanely happy and just so thankful to everyone who has purchased the album. Not so lonely any more!”

Earlier this month, Sam Smith underwent surgery after suffering a vocal injury. The singer suffered a small vocal cord haemorrhage while embarking on a world tour, forcing him to cancel shows in Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Europe.

“I am very upset to announce that I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I am going to need surgery,” Smith previously said on Instagram.