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Sam Smith soars to the top of the U.K. album charts with ‘In the Lonely Hour’

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U.K. soul singer Sam Smith is proving why he is one of the rising stars in music. On Monday BBC News reported that the “Stay With Me” singer has sold 101,000 copies of his debut album In the Lonely Hour, which put him at the top of the U.K. album chart list. The young soulful singer knocked Coldplay’s Ghost Stories into second place with his fast rise to the top.

The Official Charts Company also reported that the number of copies sold over the last seven days makes Smith’s album the fastest-selling debut album of the year so far, and he has yet to debut the album in the U.S. The news comes just a week after Smith scored his third No. 1 single “Stay With Me.”

At just 22-years-old, the British singer, who was named the BBC Sound of 2014 winner, has drawn comparisons to Adele and is fast emerging as one of music’s most soulful singers. Upon hearing about the success of his album, Smith told the Official Charts Company:

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!”

Smith, who officially came out as gay last week, revealed that the entire album was based off the love he had for another guy that was not returned. He felt the album was a liberation of sorts, and a way of expressing the emotions he held inside. Another way to describe In The Lonely Hour is as a musical diary, with each song being a page written through the soul of Smith. The inspiration behind the album is also what has drawn comparisons to Adele.

Smith admitted the comparison was flattering, but also pointed out he is a very different artist. He said:

I can see the similarities in the honesty of lyrics but I also understand that people need to compare things to digest music which is OK. If I am going to be compared to anyone in the world, that is an amazing comparison.”

He is also hoping to have similar success to the British songstress, which he is well on his way to having. The U.S. release of In the Lonely Hour is set for June 17. Smith announced an extensive summer tour for 2014 just last week to promote his album. He kicked off his string of live shows on May 30.

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