Sam Smith’s Grammy-Winning Debut Holds Steady in Top 20 One Year Later (@samsmithworld)

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On the one-year anniversary of its U.S. release, Sam Smith’s GRAMMY-winning debut album, In The Lonely Hour (Capitol Records), is still charting in the Top 20 of theBillboard 200 and has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Four other new certifications further underscore the tremendous success the young U.K. artist has had in the States. The No. 1 single “Stay With Me” has been certified 6x Platinum. First time certifications include a Platinum award for “Lay Me Down” and Gold certifications for“Leave Your Lover” and “Money On My Mind.” These certifications bring Smith’s U.S. tally to 2 million certified Album sales and 11.5 million certified Single sales.

In its first year of release in the U.K., In The Lonely Hour logged an astonishing 50 weeks in the Top 5, a chart feat only previously achieved by The Beatles, according to OfficialCharts.com. The last, and only other, debut album in Official Charts history with this kind of unshakeable performance in its first year of release was The Beatles’ Please Please Me in 1963. Smith was the only artist to sell one million albums in both the U.S. and the U.K. in 2014.

Earlier this year, Smith set a record at the GRAMMY Awards, winning a total of four awards – the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. Smith was named Best New Artist, In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and “Stay With Me” won awards for both Record and Song of the Year

Smith will return to North America this summer for his second arena/theatre tour of 2015. The month-long run will kick off on July 18 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.

 

SAM SMITH – SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

7/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

7/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena

7/20 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

7/21 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

7/23 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

7/24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/26 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival

7/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center/Cleveland State University

7/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

7/30 – St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena

8/4 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/5 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center

8/7-9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival

8/8 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre

8/11- San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

8/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

8/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

8/15 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center

8/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John’s University.

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