The Official Charts Company have revealed the 40 best selling albums of the year so far.
As we approach the half-way point of 2015, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour has made it to the top of the list, having sold 501,000 copies this year alone. Released in Summer 2014, the record has sold around 1.75 million copies in total, and recently broke the record for spending a whole year in the Official Chart’s top five.
Ed Sheeran’s second studio album, x, is the second best-selling record of the year so far, with combined sales of 470,000. In the Official Charts Company’s countdown of the best-selling records of 2014, x took the top spot with In The Lonely Hour coming second – so the 2015 list marks a swap in places for the two British artists.
Following it’s success in the list for the best-selling records of 2014, George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage took the bronze medal spot in this latest list from the Charts Company, with Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Hozier’s self-titled debut Hozier making up the rest of the top 5.
Interestingly, the top five albums of 2015 were all initially released in 2014. It’s not until you reach James Bay’s debut album, Chaos and The Calm at number six, that you find a record actually released in 2015.
The top 10 albums of 2015 so far are as follows:
1. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
2. Ed Sheeran – x
3. George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
4. Taylor Swift – 1989
5. Hozier – Hozier
6. James Bay – Chaos and The Calm
7. Noel Gallagher – Chasing Yesterday
8. Meghan Trainor – Title
9. Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction
10. Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
You can view the full list here. Listen to one of Smith’s latest singles from the album, ‘Lay Me Down’, below.