Sam Smith scores double number one in the UK charts

  • 16 March 2015

Sam Smith has topped both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Album Chart.

Madonna's latest album had been number one throughout the week, but Sam's album In The Lonely Hour sneaked ahead at the last minute.

His collaboration with John Legend, Lay Me Down, also hit the top spot in the Singles Chart.

The Comic Relief track sold over 105,000 copies.

It's Smith's fourth number one in less than two years, and Legend's first UK number one.

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Sam Smith and John Legend speak to Lizo Mzimba about singing the official Comic Relief single

In The Lonely Hour has now topped the album chart six separate times - a record for a male solo artist.

Only three other albums have done better - Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, which topped the charts on eight occasions; followed by Adele's 21 and Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events, both of which managed seven.

The album version of the song, which doesn't feature John Legend, also charted at number 18.

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Image caption Ella Henderson, saw her album Chapter One leap 10 places, from 22 to 12

Elsewhere in the album chart, boyband Blue claimed their sixth top 20 album with Colours, which landed at 13.

Another Comic Relief performer, Ella Henderson, saw her album Chapter One leap 10 places, from 22 to 12.

And in the singles chart, rapper Flo Rida was a new entry at number three.

Twelve tracks were streamed more than a million times last week, the Official Chart Company said, with Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's FourFiveSeconds racking up 2.12 million listens over the last seven days.

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