Sam Smith soars to top of charts

The Oxford Times: Londoner Sam Smith has the fastest selling debut album of the year Londoner Sam Smith has the fastest selling debut album of the year

New kid on the block Sam Smith's impressive 12-months continued as he soared to the top of the album charts with the fastest selling debut album of the year, In The Lonely Hour.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, whose first number one came in the singles charts in May last year providing guest vocals on Naughty Boy's La La La, knocked Coldplay's Ghost Stories from the summit with his maiden long-player.

Smith, from London, scored his third number one last week with Stay With Me - but had to settle for the runner-up spot today after 27-year-old Anglo American house and techno producer SecondCity edged it the top spot with I Wanna Feel.

The Money on my Mind singer said: "It's amazing. I was a bit scared a few days ago because I knew that Coldplay's album had come out.

"I'm so happy."

In The Lonely Hour sold 101,000 copies over the last seven days, making it the fastest selling debut album of 2014 so far. It is also the third fastest selling artist album overall this year behind Coldplay's Ghost Stories (168,000 copies in its first week on sale, and second in today's album chart) and Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love (109,000 copies), which trails Smith and Coldplay in today's list.

Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction and Michael Jackson's Xscape complete the Top 5.

There were new entries from Stateside songstress Mariah Carey whose 14th studio album Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, entered at Number 14 today.

Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young's 35th album, A Letter Home, entered at Number 17, while Norwegian duo Royksopp and Swedish pop star Robyn are new in at 20 with their collaboration album, Do It Again.

In the singles chart, French deep house duo Klingande entered at three with Jubel, while Waves by Mr Probz slipped two places to four and Rita Ora's I Will Never Let You Down dropped one to complete the top five.

I Wanna Feel sold more than 82,000 copies in the last seven days to take the top spot.

SecondCity said: "I can't believe my single, I Wanna Feel, has gone to Number 1. Thanks to everyone for buying it and supporting it from the start. I'm amazed to see an underground record end up where it has.

"I never sat down and thought 'I'm going to write a single that could do well at radio'. I just wrote a record that I'd play in the clubs. I never anticipated it, which makes it even better."

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