- Sam Smith
- 69 total number
- United Kingdom ()
On the Official Albums Chart dated 26 September 2015, In the Lonely Hour (2014) by Sam Smith (UK) recorded its 69th consecutive week inside the Top 10 - the longest unbroken Top 10 run in the UK chart by a debut album. In the Lonely Hour has spent eight non-consecutive weeks at No.1 and has sold in excess of 1.75 million copies in the UK alone.
The previous record stood at 66 weeks and was held by Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events (25 February 2012 to 26 May 2013). Sandé took the record from The Beatles, whose debut album Please Please Me spent 62 consecutive weeks inside the Official Albums Chart Top 10 between 6 April 1963 and 6 June 1964.
The Capitol-released In the Lonely Hour made its UK chart debut - at No.1 - on 7 June 2014 and has enjoyed six separate runs at the top. In 69 weeks, it spent eight weeks at No.1, 11 weeks at No.2, 14 weeks at No.3, 16 weeks at No.4, 10 weeks at No.5, four weeks at No.6, three weeks at No.7 (its chart position on 26 September 2015), one week at No.8 and two weeks at No.9. The album's full chart run is: 1 (7 June 2014)-1 (14 June 2014)-3-3-2-5-4-4-3-4-3-2-4-5-1 (13 September 2014)-1 (20 September 2014)-3-3-2-3-3-6-3-5-4-3-4-4-2-2-2-3-1 (17 January 2015)-3-4-4-4-1 (21 February 2015)-2-1 (7 March 2015)-2-1 (21 March 2015; 8th and final week at No.1)-2-2-3-4-4-4-8-3-2-5-5-7-5-9-9-6-7-4-5-4-5-5-6-6-5-4-7.
In the Lonely Hour dropped out of the Top 10 (to No.11) on 3 October 2015, but returned to the Top 10 (at No.10) on 10 October before climbing to No.7 on 17 October, in its 72nd week on the chart.