June 25, 2014


Sam Smith Sets New Record With First Week Album Sales

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Congrats are in order for Sam Smith

After soaring through a sold-out show at the Apollo (that Mary J. Blige crashed) and getting "Stay With Me" stuck on an emotional loop in everyone's heads, his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has broken records on both sides of the pond. 

In The Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies in its first week, and that gives it the distinction of being the highest-selling debut album in its first week from a UK male artist since the dawn of SoundScan.

There's something to be said for the similarities between Smith and Adele—the two British crooners are exceptionally talented and cut to the core of heartache in the most beautiful way possible. (Katy Perry agrees with that assessment, too.) 

Given In The Lonely Hour's record-breaking success from the jump, it looks like those predictions of Smith being the next to follow in Adele's footsteps are coming true—and we couldn't be happier for him.