Singer's collaboration with John Legend debuts at Number 1 on the Singles Chart
Sam Smith has scored an Official Chart Number 1 double after topping both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart this week.
The singer’s collaboration with John Legend, ‘Lay Me Down’, debuted at Number 1 on the Singles Chart with a combined chart sales figure of over 105,000.
The track becomes Smith’s fourth UK Number 1 single in less than two years, following ‘La La La’ with Naughty Boy, ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘Stay With Me’. All proceeds from the track go to Comic Relief.
In addition, Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ returned to top spot for an eighth week at the expense of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, making it the first album by a male solo artist to achieve six different spells at Number 1 in Official Chart history. Gallagher’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’ dropped to fourth, with Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ debuting at Number Two and Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ staying at Number 3.
While ‘Lay Me Down’ was the most physically purchased and downloaded track of the week, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’ was the most streamed with 2.12 million listens over the last seven days. The track sits at Number 5 on the Singles Chart.
Elsewhere, Mumford & Sons are at 20 with ‘Believe’, the lead single from the band’s recently-announced third LP ‘Wilder Mind’.
Smith resumes playing live when his nine-date UK tour starts in Glasgow tomorrow (March 16)
Sam Smith will play:
Glasgow O2 Academy (16-17)
Manchester O2 Apollo (19-20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22-23)
Brixton O2 Academy (25-27)