Sam Smith holds onto Number 1 for a second week

Sam Smith holds onto the Number 1 spot on the Official Albums Chart for a second week running.

Sam Smith holds onto the Number 1 spot on the Official Albums Chart for a second week running.

Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is the UK’s biggest selling album for a second week running, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The BRIT Award-winning singer/songwriter knocked Coldplay’s Ghost Stories off the top of the Official Albums Chart last Sunday with his debut full-length. In doing so, In The Lonely Hour became the fastest selling debut album released this year, selling over 101,000 copies in the UK during its first week on sale. It has sold an additional 48,500 copies in the last seven days.

Meanwhile, Coldplay hold firm at Number 2 today, while London-based classical crossover quartet Clean Bandit are new in at Number 3 with their debut album, New Eyes. The album features Clean Bandit’s previous Top 40 singles Mozart’s House, Extraordinary FT Sharna Bass, and Rather Be FT Jess Glynne, which spent four weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart back in January.

Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love (Number 4) and Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (5) round off today’s Top 5.

New Entries

Paul Weller’s More Modern Classics enters the Official Albums Chart at Number 6 today, while the deluxe re-issue of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album has propelled the 1969 release back into the Top10 (it re-enters at Number 7 today). The legendary rock band’s follow-ups, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, also have re-entered the Official Albums Chart at Number 12 and Number 10, respectively.

Hank Marvin’s Hank is new in at Number 8, while James’s La Petite Mort enters at Number 11 today. This week’s new entries are completed by Vera Lynn’s National Treasure (13) and 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition (21).

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
2 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
3 NEW EYES CLEAN BANDIT
4 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
5 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
6 MORE MODERN CLASSICS PAUL WELLER
7 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN
8 HANK HANK MARVIN
9 XSCAPE MICHAEL JACKSON
10 LED ZEPPELIN 3 LED ZEPPELIN

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