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Sam Smith’s “The Thrill Of It All” Wins US Sales Race, Will Take #1 On Billboard 200

Sam Smith scores his first #1 album in the United States.

Sam Smith on TODAY | Nathan Congleton/NBC

Sam Smith’s “The Thrill Of It All” dominated this week’s US album sales and consumption races.

According to Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, “The Thrill Of It All” sold ~187,410 pure US copies during the November 3-9 tracking week.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields a first-week consumption figure of about 225,122.

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The discrepancies will obviously be not significant enough to alter the overall outcomes.

The pure sales figure will be enough for #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales, while the consumption mark will yield a #1 bow on the Billboard 200.

“The Thrill Of It All” is Smith’s first #1 album in the United States. His previous release “In The Lonely Hour” debuted (and peaked) at #2.

This week’s top pure sales performers (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (187,410 pure US sales)
Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (94,981)
Blake Shelton – Texoma Shore (51,256)
Kenny Chesney – Live In No Shoes Nation (50,628)
Kid Rock – Sweet Southern Sugar (40,049)

This week’s top consumption performers (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (225,122 total US units)
Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (118,453)
Chris Brown – Heartbreak On A Full Moon (71,294)
Blake Shelton – Texoma Shore (56,127)
21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning (56,117)

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]


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