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Sam Smith a trans-Atlantic smash, shifts one million LP copies in US and UK

By | Published on Friday 19 December 2014

Sam Smith

Popstar-of-great-significance Sam Smith is officially the only artist on Planet Earth to have sold one million LP copies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in 2014. God bless him, everyone.

The accolade was confirmed first in the United States, where Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ has ‘done’ sales stats of 1.05m to date, only the third long player to overtake the million mark in America this year. That’s in addition to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ (3 million) and the ‘Frozen’ OST (3.4 million), by the way.

Aaaanyway, the Official Charts Company revealed yesterday that Smith had finally hit a million back in the UK, and in fact passed it, shifting 1.007 million ‘In The Lonely Hour’ discs/downloads as of midnight on Wednesday.

Capitalising in all the right places, a clearly not “completely speechless” Sam Smith told “OFFICIALLY sold ONE MILLION copies of ‘In The Lonely Hour’! To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album”.

No ‘Merry Christmas’, then. Bit mean. Happily Official Charts boss Martin Talbot was in a more festive mood, and said: “Many festive congratulations to Sam. To hit a million anywhere is impressive, but to become the only artist in the world to do so on both sides of the Atlantic is quite remarkable. His journey in 2014, from unknown newcomer winning the Brit Awards’ Critics Choice award to internationally renowned double million-seller, has been incredible”.