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Smith breaks US record with album

Sam Smith has made pop music history in the US with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour.

The 15-track LP has sold 166,000 more copies in its first week of release than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan.

"IN THE LONELY HOUR IS OFFICIALLY NUMBER 2 IN AMERICA!! I am overwhelmed and truly touched. Thank you to everyone who has purchased it xx," he tweeted. He later added: "We made history x."

Despite the record-breaking figures, the London singer has been kept off the top spot in America by Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence, and will enter the Billboard chart at number two.

However, Sam's single Stay With Me has surpassed sales of one million copies this week in the US alone.

The 22-year-old singer, who was named as the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2014, will perform at Glastonbury and a number of other UK festivals before embarking on a US tour this September.

Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett said: "We are thrilled that American audiences are embracing Sam Smith and In The Lonely Hour so strongly.

"Sam's stirring and revealing songs, as well as his one-of-a-kind voice and soulful delivery, is a combination that's compelling and imbued with artistry."

He added: "We are still at the early stages of presenting Sam Smith and his music to US audiences, but this record-setting first week is certainly a strong sign of music fans' recognition that a great new artist has arrived."

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