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Stay With Me star Sam Smith is up there with Beatles

Sam Smith

Stay With Me star Sam Smith is in good company after achieving a chart feat previously managed only by The Beatles.

He is the only act since the Fab Four to spend almost a year in the top five with a debut album.

According to the Official Charts Company, In The Lonely Hour has already logged 50 weeks in the top five - the best performance since The Beatles' 1963 LP Please Please Me, which stayed for 51 weeks.

The album has sold a million copies in both the UK and US and won a string of awards.

Smith told OfficialCharts.com: "Seeing this statistic genuinely makes me feel very weird, but also insanely happy and just so thankful to everyone who has purchased the album."

Belfast Telegraph