It’s taken nearly a year, but Sam Smith’s debut album has final climbed to the chart summit Down Under.
Smith’s In the Lonely Hour has made it to No. 1 on the new ARIA Albums Chart, 48 weeks after it was released.
The British soul singer’s global hit bowed at No. 2 in Australia last June, and has been inside the top 20 ever since. Impressively, the album’s lowest chart position during that run was No. 17.
The double-platinum certified set (140,000 units plus) has spent 36 weeks inside the top ten, and four of its songs (“Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One,” “Like I Can” and “Lay Me Down”) have breached the top 20 of the national singles chart.
Smith is currently touring Australia. His trek of these parts started Saturday (April 25) at Brisbane’s Riverstage and will visit each capital city before wrapping with a live performance at the domestic TV industry’s Logie Awards this Sunday (May 1).
In the Lonely Hour has sold more than five million copies worldwide, according to EMI, and earlier this year collected four Grammys and a brace of Brit Awards.