Sam Smith scores first top spot on Billboard 200

from Reuters video

(Reuters) — Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of it All” scored the British singer’s first No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, edging out new releases by Maroon 5 and Blake Shelton, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday (November 13).

The album sold more than 237,000 units in its first week to debut as No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Billboard said it was Smith’s best sales week ever in the United States.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).