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Sam Smith, SecondCity Top U.K. Charts

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April 15: Sam Smith performs in support of his 'In the Lonely Hour' release at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an instant No. 1 single with “I Wanna Feel” (Ministry Of Sound).

Smith’s single dipped 1-2 in the new Official Charts Company data, but the album sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Saturday night. That makes it the third-fastest-selling artist title of the year to date, behind Coldplay’s 168,000 the previous week with “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music), which fell to No. 2 with 75,000 new sales, and Paolo Nutini’s opening 109,000 for “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music), which revived 6-3. 

Pharrell Williams climbed 10-6 on the new album chart with “G.I.R.L.” (Columbia/Sony) as its smash hit “Happy” moved back 12-11 and “Marilyn Monroe” climbed 27-25. Pop band the Vamps rebounded 17-9 with “Meet The Vamps” (EMI/Universal), as did London Grammar, 14-10, with “If You Wait” (Metal & Dust Recordings). 

The next highest new entry, at No. 14, was Mariah Carey’s “Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse” (Def Jam/Universal), followed by Neil Young’s “A Letter Home” (Reprise/Warner Music) at No. 17 and Royksopp & Robyn’s “Do It Again” (Dog Triumph/Wall Of Sound) at No. 20. On the compilation chart, the Walt Disney/Universal soundtrack of “Frozen” started a second consecutive week at No. 1. 

Twenty-seven-year-old SecondCity’s single sold 82,000 copies last week to take the crown. With Smith down to No. 2, French deep house duo Klingande bagged a No. 3 start for the European hit “Jubel” (One More Tune). The former No. 1s “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings) by Mr. Probz and “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) by Rita Ora fell 2-4 and 4-5 respectively. Ellie Goulding’s latest hit “Beating Heart” (Polydor/Universal) opened at No. 9.