Sam Smith celebrates one year on the chart
Will Young has scored his fourth UK Official Albums Chart Number 1 with ‘85% Proof’.
The singer pipped The Vaccines to the top spot with the band’s ‘English Graffiti’ landing at Number 2. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ came in at 3 with Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’ at 4.
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A year after its May 2014 release, Sam Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is at Number 5, making him only the second artist to spend nearly a whole first year inside the Top 5 with their debut album. 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!”
Elswhere, ASAP Rocky scores his second Top 10 this week with the most downloaded album of the week, ‘At.Long.Last.Asap’, while Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Very Best Of’ is the highest climber, jumping 68 places to Number 17.
Young previously topped the chart with 2002 debut ‘From Now On’, 2003’s ‘Friday’s Child’ and 2011’s ‘Echoes’.