Singer Sam Smith is 'moved' by success of first album
Sam Smith has revealed he is "completely and utterly moved" as his debut album makes history, with the longest unbroken run in the UK albums charts.
In The Lonely Hour, the first album from the 23-year-old singer, has remained in the Official Albums Charts Top 10 for 67 consecutive weeks. The album, which has sold 8.5 million copies worldwide, has not shifted from the Top 10 since its release in May 2014, where it went straight to the top spot.
"What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement," Smith told OfficialCharts.com.
His achievement surpassed Emeli Sande's record, whose album Our Version Of Events lasted 66 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 between February 2012 and May 2013, and The Beatles, who previously held the longest running record for almost 50 years with Please Please Me, which spent 62 weeks in the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Canadian stars reign triumphant in the UK charts, with pop star Justin Bieber landing his first Number One single and R&B singer The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) scooping his first Number One album in the country with his third album, Beauty Behind The Madness.
Bieber's new track, What Do You Mean, is the fastest-selling single in the UK with a combined sales total of 84,000.
The song has also set a new streaming record with 3.2 million plays in its opening week across chart-reporting streaming services such as Spotify.
In the album charts, new releases from Ella Eyre and Foals entered the Top Five, alongside Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh and Smith's In The Lonely Hour.