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Sam Smith’s Debut Album In The Lonely Hour Enters Billboard Top 200 At #2 — Makes History With Highest First-Week U.S. Sales For A UK Male Artist In Soundscan Era

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DEBUT ALBUM ?IN THE LONELY? HOUR?ENTERS BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #2

MAKES HISTORY WITH HIGHEST FIRST-WEEK U.S. SALES FOR A UK MALE ARTIST IN SOUNDSCAN ERA

FOLLOWS NO.1 ALBUM DEBUT IN THE UK

THE FASTEST SELLING UK DEBUT IN 2014

OVER ONE MILLION ALBUM SALES WORLDWIDE

US AND UK TOURS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT

HOLLYWOOD, CA ? British soul singer and songwriter Sam Smith has made U.S. pop music history with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, selling more copies in its first week of release ? 165,966 ? than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan. The Capitol Records album has entered this week’s Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #2, propelled by the artist’s Top-Ten hit single, “Stay With Me,” which has just surpassed sales of one million copies this week.

The record-setting first-week sales figure for Smith’s U.S. debut reflects the British artist’s burgeoning popularity on this side of the Atlantic. A forthcoming North American tour in September has completely sold out (a few tickets remain in Portland, OR), including The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and the Riviera Theater in Chicago.

Critics have lauded Smith and his music, as well, with TIME magazine proclaiming, “In The Lonely Hour finds Smith changing course and doubling back to recognizably classic sounds: warm, simple melodies with structures and tones cribbed from gospel music, plus luxurious strings and guitar lines that complement his fluttering vocal turns… Smith understands that his voice is the key to unlocking these songs, and when it’s made the focal point he shines… Smith’s pain leaps from the speakers, familiar and undeniable.”

The Associated Press gave Smith’s debut a “Grade A,” writing, “The 22-year-old English singer’s soulful pop debut, In the Lonely Hour, is a passionate, heart-wrenching album,” while the Washington Post raved, “In the Lonely Hour shows off every facet of Smith’s voice to goose pimple-raising effect.”

According to Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, “We are thrilled that American audiences are embracing Sam Smith and In The Lonely Hour so strongly. Sam’s stirring and revealing songs, as well as his one-of-a-kind voice and soulful delivery, is a combination that’s compelling and imbued with artistry. We are still at the early stages of presenting Sam Smith and his music to U.S. audiences, but this record-setting first week is certainly a strong sign of music fans’ recognition that a great new artist has arrived.”

All this month, Smith is being featured as MTV’s “Artist To Watch” and VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artist.

Smith’s North American concert tour begins September 15 in Boston. The complete schedule is as follows:

SAM SMITH AUTUMN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR? ?

15th?September?????????? Boston, MA???????????????? House of Blues

16th?September?????????? Washington, DC????????? Echostage

19th?September?????????? New York, NY????????????? Hammerstein Ballroom

21st?September??????????? Toronto, ONT????????????? Kool Haus

22nd?September?????????? Chicago, IL????? ??????????? Riviera Theater

24th?September ????????? Vancouver, BC ??????????? Orpheum Theatre

25th?September ????????? Seattle, WA???? ??????????? Paramount Theater

26th?September ????????? Portland, OR?? ??????????? Crystal Ballroom

29th?September?????????? Los Angeles, CA?????????? The Greek Theatre

30th?September ????????? Los Angeles, CA?????????? The Greek Theatre

4th?October????????????????? Houston, TX???? ??????????? House of Blues

6th?October????? ??????????? Atlanta, GA????????????????? Tabernacle

7th?October????????????????? Nashville, TN?? ??????????? Ryman Auditorium

9th?October????????????????? Dallas, TX??????????????????? House of Blues

SAM SMITH UK TOUR

23rd?October??????????????? Glasgow????????????????????? O2 ABC

24th?October??????????????? Leeds?????????????????????????? O2 Academy

25th?October??????????????? Newcastle?????????????????? O2 Academy

27th?October??????????????? Birmingham??????????????? O2 Academy

28th?October??????????????? Nottingham???????????????? Rock City

29th?October??????????????? Manchester???????????????? Albert Hall

30th?October??????????????? Manchester???????????????? Albert Hall

3rd?November????????????? Cambridge????????????????? Corn Exchange

4th?November????????????? Bristol????????????????????????? Colston Hall

6th?November? ??????????? London??????????? Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

7th?November?????????????? London??????????? Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

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