Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sam Smith, VMAs 2014.
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Sam Smith performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. 

Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) withstood the challenge of Duke Dumont’s “Won’t Look Back” (EMI/Universal) to start a second week at No. 1 on the singles chart.

Smith’s album had two weeks atop the album survey in June and climbed back 5-1 on the new chart, as its latest single “I’m Not The Only One” improved 9-5. Royal Blood’s self-titled Warner Bros. set, which entered at No. 1 last week, fell into runner-up spot, with Ed Sheeran’s X (Atlantic/Warner Music) down 2-3. 

Maroon 5’s V (Interscope/Universal) opened at No. 4, with the single “Maps” down 2-8. George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (Columbia/Universal) climbed 8-5, accompanied by a 43-27 climb for its new single “Blame It On Me.” Los Angeles sibling duo the Pierces made a No. 7 start with fifth album Creation (Polydor/Universal), following the No. 4 peak of 2011’s You & I. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 88” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is unmoveable at No. 1 for the seventh straight week.

Lilly Wood, the French-Israeli duo of Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto, secured a second week at the singles summit with their Robin Schulz-remixed track, ahead of the Duke Dumont single, which soared 167-2 in the week of its full download release. Dublin pop band the Script scored a fourth U.K. top ten hit at No. 3 with “Superheroes” (Columbia/Sony); “Black Widow” (EMI/Universal) by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora climbed again, 7-4. 

There was also a No. 11 debut for “Ugly Heart” (Kemosabe/RCA/Sony) by U.S. girl group G.R.L., following the death of member Simone Battle on Friday at the age of 25.