Sam Smith earns Number One spot in the first Official Albums Chart to include streams

Brit Awards success boost sales of albums by Smith, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood and Paloma Faith

Sam Smith is at Number One in the Official Album Chart this week, becoming the first artist to achieve the feat since streams were included in album sales data.

The Official Charts Company announced in February that Official Album Chart would now reflect audio streaming of albums from the likes of services such as Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music, Rdio and Rara.

Smith was one of a number of artists whose album sales were boosted by success at this week’s Brit Awards. His ‘In The Lonely Hour’ album returned to Number One while albums by fellow winners Royal Blood, Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift also rose up the chart. All of these acts also performed live at the televised ceremony on February 25.

‘In The Lonely Hour’ claimed 38,000 album sales and 2,900 album streams, while Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ claimed just under 35,000 album sales and 3,400 album streams.

This week’s highest new entry came from Chris Brown & Tyga who enter the chart at Number Seven with ‘Fan Of A Fan The Album’. Other new entries in this week’s Official Album Chart at today’s midweek stage include Public Service Broadcasting (11), Black Star Riders (13), Big Sean (23) and Scorpions (31).

Meanwhile, in the Official UK Single Chart, Ellie Goulding remains at Number One with her single ‘Love Me Like You Do’.