Sam Smith Feels 'The Thrill Of It All' With Second U.K. No. 1 Album

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Sam Smith performing on Nov. 8, 2017.

Sam Smith sells 97,000 combined units to debut at the top of the U.K. album chart with his sophomore release The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/Universal). Camila Cabello's “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony), featuring Young Thug, starts a second week at No. 1 on the singles chart.

The Official Charts Company reports that 64% of Smith's first-week sales were physical, with 21% comprised of downloads and 14% equivalent streaming sales. His 2014 debut In The Lonely Hour, which had opening sales of 101,000, this week climbs 21-15 in its 114th week in the top 40. 

Roy Orbison has a new entry at No. 2 on the album chart with A Love So Beautiful (Sony Music CG), which features his best-loved songs with new accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. That matches his best-ever U.K. ranking with a studio release, for 1989's Mystery Girl; 1975's The Best of Roy Orbison and 1988's The Legendary Roy Orbison both topped the bestsellers. 

After arriving last week at No. 1, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together Again (Decca/Universal) dips to No. 3. Ed Sheeran bounces 6-4 with ÷ (Asylum/Warner) and Pink has a non-mover at No. 5 with Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony).

There's also a No. 9 start for actress-singer Sheridan Smith's Sheridan debut (East West/Warner Music), while the compilation chart has a No. 1 debut in the shape of Dreamboats & Petticoats — The Diamond Edition (UMOD/Universal). 

“Havana” has its best sales week to date, finishing 10,000 combined units ahead of its predecessor at No. 1, “Rockstar” (Republic/Universal) by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage. That stays at No. 2 as another former chart-topper, Sam Smith's “Too Good At Goodbyes,” rebounds 7-3, boosted by his album sales.

Marshmello's “Silence” (Ministry of Sound), featuring Khalid, dips 3-4 as Rita Ora's “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner Music) becomes her 11th top ten U.K. hit with an 11-5 climb.


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