Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour makes chart history

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Sam Smith's debut album has made history.

In the Lonely Hour has been in the UK top 10 for 67 weeks in a row - that's the longest unbroken run of any debut album.

It's not left the top 10 since it was released in May 2014, when it debuted at number one with opening week sales of 101,000.

The chart record was previously held by Emeli Sande, with her debut album Our Version Of Events.

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Image caption Emile Sande held the record before Sam Smith

Her album reached 66 consecutive weeks in the top 10 between February 2012 and May 2013.

Prior to Emeli, the record was held for almost 50 years by The Beatles' Please Please Me (62 weeks).

The record comes a day after the singer performed at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

During the set he said it was the last time he would be playing the album live and that the next time he performs a full show in England, it will be with his second album.

"What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement," Sam said.

"I am forever thankful to my team but most importantly to the British public for making this happen and buying my album.

"This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids."

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Image caption Ed Sheeran's second album X has spent 63 weeks in the top 10

Earlier this year, the record was the first number one on the Official Albums Chart following the inclusion of streaming into the chart.

During its record-breaking stint in the chart, In the Lonely Hour has had six separate spells at the top spot, with four singles going into the top 10 singles chart.

It has sold 8.5m copies worldwide and was the only album to sell one million in both the UK and US last year.

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