Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour has officially made history (and not just for being amazing). The singer’s debut album has been in the UK Top 10 for 67 weeks in a row, the longest unbroken run of any debut album. It hasn’t left the top 10 since it’s May 2014 release, when it debuted at number one with opening sales of 101,000.
Smith breaks the record previously held by songstress Emeli Sande, with her debut album, Our Version of Events. The record comes a day after Smith performed at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, where he said it would be the last time he would be playing the album live, and that the next time he performs a full show in England, it will be with his second album.
“What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement,” Smith said. “I am forever thankful to my team, but most importantly to the British public for making this happen and buying my album. […] This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids.”
In The Lonely Hour has sold 8.5m copies worldwide and was the only album to sell one million in both the UK and US last year.
Congratulations Sam Smith!