CSPC: Sam Smith Popularity Analysis

Sam Smith

After nearly two years of boring release schedules, the fourth quarter of 2017 appears to be a very promising one. A lot of solid acts are releasing new albums at the moment, but the ones everyone are waiting for are Eminem and Taylor Swift. The one who may emerge as the dark horse to dominate this Christmas season is none other than Sam Smith. At 25, the British singer faces a difficult task, following up a smash debut album.

When your sophomore LP is still not out, and you can’t count your UK #1 hits on one hand anymore, expectations must be high. In the homeland of the singer, In The Lonely Hour is basically the only album from the last 5 years that was a real challenger to Adele and Ed Sheeran. His name doesn’t seem quite as big elsewhere though. So, how big is he really? Now that streaming took over from downloads everywhere, how is he performing in this format? How well must his new album The Thrill Of It All do to be rated as a successful follow up?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge his results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Sam Smiths albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

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And Yes, it has crossed 1M in pure sales WW


It’s passed the 2M mark according to UWC..


Has Thrill Of It All reached 1 million sales? I mean it doesnt have a hit song right now but it is still charting so it is showing consistentcy

Harry Jameson

Very impressive sales for the first album. Sam should enjoy it, because I don’t think his upcoming album well sell that strongly


I dont think his second album will sell better than his first one though.


Maybe, but it won’t flop…


Does enyone know how many records has Susan Boyle sold up to now? As of 2013, she had sold over 25 million records worldwide.


The Wikipedia Page, about ‘In The Lonely Hour’ claims, that it has sold 12 Million Globally, with 4.4 Million of them in the USA. Both of which are a lot higher than your figures. I’m not saying that you are wrong. I’m just pointing out what Wikipedia says. (Or, more accurately, what the Sam Smith Fan, who wrote the Wikipedia Page, claims).


I have hope Thrill will well very well in today’s terms, maybe not more than Hour but He’s not gonna downright flop..


Wow! I never expected Sam Smith’s debut to be so successful! I guess it benefited from being released at a time when downloads were still pretty big, with streaming starting to grow, allowing it to be successful on both sides. In fact, a lot of successful albums from 2013-2014 benefited from a strong download market and catalog streaming. By the way, you calculated the downloads ratio wrong. According to your figures, Hour sold 23,15 downloads, equaling to 3,472.5m equivalent album sales. I also wanted to ask how much has the album sales market of Germany and France has fallen, especially… Read more »


Hi MJD !!!

Always compliments for your work, your articles and your analyzes I always read it with great care, as you have said in many you should deal with updating Wikipedia, you are really a living encyclopedia.
I just have a question to ask, I would like to know if in this list of these 3 groups there are also Queen !


Impressive Debut!!! Even outselling Queens’s Lana entire album Discography, WITH JUST ONE ALBUM 🙌🙌🙌

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