Sam Smith, after coming out as gay, breaks US sales records

The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release

Sam Smith, after coming out as gay, breaks US sales records
26 June 2014

After coming out as gay, Sam Smith has broken sales records in the US.

The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release.

This means he has sold more of his debut album in one week by any UK male artist, ever.

Unfortunately for Smith, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence outsold him meaning he did not reach the No. 1 spot of the Billboard album chart.

In the Lonely Hour reached No 1 in the UK on its release last month, selling 102,000 copies in its opening week in Britain.

His US success has been propelled by the top 10 hit single Stay With Me, which has sold more than 1 million copies in the US.

Last month, Smith officially came out saying his debut album is written about his unrequited love for another man.

He said: ‘I’ve tried to be clever with this album, because it’s also important to me that my music reaches everybody.

‘I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody— whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat—and everybody can relate to that.’

Watch Smith’s Stay With Me below:

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