Elton John, George Michael, Robbie Williams — take a backseat. Sam Smith has just charted the highest first week debut album sales of any UK male artist.
On the strength of potential song of the summer “Stay with Me”, Smith’s In the Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies to land at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts, just below Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort, Ultraviolence. In the UK, In the Lonely Hour was also the fastest selling album of 2014 with sales of over 102,000.
Already garnering favorable comparisons to Adele, is it too soon to start imagining the 22-year-old crooner cradling an armful of Grammys and cry-laughing into the camera? Just because, let’s relieve the magic of Smith’s Apollo duet with Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige on “Stay with Me”: