by Tayyaba Riaz
Capping A Great Year for British Music
Following in the footsteps of Amy Winehouse and Adele, Sam Smith has hit a milestone many UK artists will be enviable of. The Stay With Me singer is the only artist to have a million-selling album, in the US and the UK. Whilst Ed Sheeran shares the spotlight with Sam Smith on this side of the continent, Smith is only the second artist whose album has hit the milestone and remains the only artist with this achievement on both sides of the pond.
The 22-year-old Londoner could barely contain himself as he stated to Officialcharts.com, “Officially sold 1 million copies of In The Lonely Hour! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”
Having sold 1.007 million copies on Wednesday night, Smith is the only artist after Ed Sheeran, who hit the milestone late November. The success of Smith and Sheeran also makes 2014 the first year since 2011 when more than one album has passed 1 million sales in the UK – in 2011, Adele’s 21 and 19, Michael Buble’s Christmas and Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans all passed 1 million sales.
The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo added: “It’s proving to be another amazing year for British artists, who are not only dominating the charts at home but continue to fly the flag for British music around the world.
Adding on, Castaldo praises British artists today and states, “British music has unearthed another great talent that has all the makings of a global superstar, following in the traditions of Amy Winehouse and Adele.”
In The Lonely Hour debuted Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in May and June this year with impressive first-week sales of 102,000. It spent a second week at the top returning for a further fortnight 12 weeks later.