Sam Smith

Sam Smith poses backstage after appearing in store to sign his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' for fans at HMV Manchester on May 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.

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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.