Sam Smith has been making waves between North America and the UK, and now the burgeoning star has made Billboard chart history with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour.
The British soul singer and songwriter enters the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 2, selling 166k copies of the Capitol Records album, in the first week of its U.S. release. This figure is impressive for any new artist, but especially historical because it gives Smith the highest selling debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan.
The album has been propelled by his Top-Ten hit single, “Stay With Me,” which has also just surpassed sales of one million copies this week. Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captured the No. 1 spot on the Top 200 this week with the debut of her sophomore album Ultraviolence, which sold 182k copies.
Sam Smith will kick off his North American concert tour September 15 in Boston. Check out the itinerary below:
Sam Smith Tour Dates:
Sept. 15 Boston, MA House of Blues
Sept. 16 Washington, DC Echostage
Sept. 19 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Sept. 21 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
Sept. 22 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
Sept. 24 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 25 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
Sept. 26 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Sept. 29 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Sept. 30 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Oct. 4 Houston, TX House of Blues
Oct. 6 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Oct. 7 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 9 Dallas, TX House of Blues