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In the Lonely Hour is the debut studio album by English singer Sam Smith. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_0

It was released in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2014, via Capitol UK and Method Records. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_1

In the United States, it was released on 17 June 2014 through Capitol Records America. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_2

The album includes the hit singles "Money on My Mind" and "Stay with Me", both of which were number one in the UK; the latter becoming a hit worldwide, peaking in the top ten in over 20 countries, including reaching number two in the US. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_3

The album's third hit single, "I'm Not the Only One", reached number three in the UK and number five in the US. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_4

A deluxe edition of the album contains five bonus tracks, including a solo acoustic version of Disclosure's single "Latch" and Naughty Boy's number-one single "La La La", on both of which Smith provided guest vocals. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_5

Upon its release, In the Lonely Hour received mostly lukewarm reviews from critics, many of whom praised Smith's vocal performance but were critical of the songwriting. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_6

The album was a commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_7

It was the second best-selling album of 2014 in the UK, and the third best-selling of 2014 in the United States. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_8

It was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, winning the latter and losing to Morning Phase by Beck in the former. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_9

In the Lonely Hour also received a nomination for Best British Album at the 2015 Brit Awards; the accolade ultimately went to Ed Sheeran for x. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_10

The album was re-released in November 2015 as In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition), which features 12 new tracks, including the Disclosure single "Omen" (which features vocals from Smith), the Comic Relief version of "Lay Me Down" featuring John Legend, and covers of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and Amy Winehouse's "Love Is a Losing Game". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_11

Background In the Lonely Hour_section_0

It was announced on 16 December 2013 that Smith's debut studio album would be released on 26 May 2014 through Capitol Records. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_12

On 7 January 2014, Smith unveiled the artwork and track listing for the album. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_13

The standard edition of the album contains ten tracks, including the singles "Lay Me Down" and "Money on My Mind". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_14

In an interview with Digital Spy, Smith described the overarching theme of their album as "sad". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_15

Talking about the name of the album they said: "People are saying, 'Oh but it's too sad', but that's what it's about. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_16

I was sad, heartbroken, and I wrote about being sad. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_17

Hopefully I'll be happier soon and I'll write about that." In the Lonely Hour_sentence_18

Smith also said in an interview with The Line of Best Fit that the most personal song in this album is "Good Thing". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_19

In another interview with Digital Spy, when asked to describe the album, they said: "My debut album is just a diary from a lonely 21-year-old. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_20

That's what it is. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_21

It was my way of talking about the only real issue in my life. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_22

I don't have that many sad things going on in my life and it was the only thing that was really affecting me last year: I fell in love with someone who didn't love me back, and it made me get into this head space of, 'Will I find a man to love? In the Lonely Hour_sentence_23

When will I find love?' In the Lonely Hour_sentence_24

This album is my 'fuck off' to everyone and basically say, 'No, I have been in love with a man and, if anything, it was much more painful than your version', because I'm not getting what I want with a man and it's so close I can almost taste him. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_25

So, it's my way of defining what is love, and how unrequited love is just as painful, just as powerful, as what we call 'normal' love." In the Lonely Hour_sentence_26

Singles In the Lonely Hour_section_1

"Lay Me Down" was released as the lead single from the album on 15 February 2013. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_27

In January 2014, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 134 after Smith won the BBC Sound of 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_28

It then peaked at number 46 after being mentioned by James Corden at the 2014 Brit Awards. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_29

"Money on My Mind" was released as the album's second official single. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_30

It officially impacted radio stations in Italy on 27 December 2013. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_31

It was also officially released later in the UK on 12 February 2014 and in Germany on 16 February. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_32

The song has peaked to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and number 4 on the Irish Singles Chart. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_33

The song has also charted in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_34

A music video for the song was first released onto YouTube on 12 January 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_35

The song has sold in excess of 600,000 copies in the UK alone. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_36

"Stay with Me" was released as the third single. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_37

It officially impacted Adult Contemporary radio in the United States on 14 April 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_38

It was made available for purchase in the UK as a digital download on 18 May 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_39

It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_40

The song is Smith’s most internationally successful, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as reaching the top-five in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_41

As of March 2015, the song has sold 3.5 million copies in the US, 700,000 copies in the UK, 300,000 copies in Australia, 400,000 copies in Canada and 200,000 copies in both Germany and Sweden. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_42

"I'm Not the Only One" was the album's fourth single, released on 31 August 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_43

It peaked at number three in the United Kingdom and number five in the United States, giving Smith their third top ten hit. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_44

It has since gone onto sell in excess of 2,000,000 copies in the US and 600,000 copies in the UK. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_45

The song was also successful in Australasia and Europe, peaking within the top-twenty of most charts. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_46

"Like I Can" was released as the album's fifth single on 5 December 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_47

It became Smith's fourth consecutive top-ten hit as a lead artist in the UK by reaching number nine on the UK Singles Chart. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_48

It also peaked within the top-twenty in Australia and New Zealand. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_49

A re-release of "Lay Me Down" was released as the sixth single from the album on 22 February 2015. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_50

Other songs In the Lonely Hour_section_2

A live version of album track "I've Told You Now", performed at St Pancras Old Church, was made available for free download as part of an promotion on 27 December 2013. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_51

"Make It to Me", co-written by Howard of Disclosure and Jimmy Napes, was made available for free download as part of an iTunes Store promotion on 13 January 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_52

The song is featured on the deluxe version of the album. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_53

Another re-recorded version of "Lay Me Down" was released on 9 March 2015 in the UK. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_54

This version features American recording artist John Legend and was released in aid of Comic Relief. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_55

Critical reception In the Lonely Hour_section_3

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SourceIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_0_1_1
AnyDecentMusic?In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_2_0 6.1/10In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_2_1
MetacriticIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_3_0 62/100In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_3_1
Review scoresIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_0_4_0
SourceIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_0_5_0 RatingIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_0_5_1
AllMusicIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_6_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_6_1
The Daily TelegraphIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_7_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_7_1
The GuardianIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_8_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_8_1
The Irish TimesIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_9_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_9_1
The ObserverIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_10_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_10_1
PitchforkIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_11_0 5.5/10In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_11_1
QIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_12_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_12_1
Rolling StoneIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_13_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_13_1
Slant MagazineIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_14_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_14_1
ViceIn the Lonely Hour_cell_0_15_0 A–In the Lonely Hour_cell_0_15_1

In the Lonely Hour received generally lukewarm reviews from critics. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_56

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 62, based 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_57

In The Observer, Kitty Empire appreciated how restrained and emotionally authentic Smith's singing sounds, crediting him for avoiding any exaggerated belting, although she lamented the music's lack of adventurousness. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_58

Lily Moayeri from The A.V. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_59 Club felt most of the songs are monotonous and lack depth, writing that they are instead showcases for Smith's "rich" voice on an album that is not as good as its singles. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_60

Q was more critical, especially of the album's second half, writing that it "declines into self-pity, windy balladry and squeaky-strings-as-authenticity cliché", while Helen Brown of The Daily Telegraph was unimpressed by most of the songwriting and the music, calling it a watered-down version of soul. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_61

Robert Christgau was more enthusiastic in his blog for Vice, writing that Smith's charmingly catchy pop songs cohere into a portrait of a man whose insecurity about love is expressed more sincerely than most other artists without indulging in self-pity: "Both vocally and verbally, they offer the kind of emotional complexity about sexual romance's ins and outs that good pop captures better than good literature, where cynicism is such a folkway." In the Lonely Hour_sentence_62

Lauren Murphy from The Irish Times was impressed by the variety in which Smith and his producers use their voice throughout In the Lonely Hour, which she viewed as a sign of promise with songs "so understated yet so vibrant and accomplished". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_63

In the Lonely Hour appeared in many critics' lists of best albums of 2014, including those of Digital Spy, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out and HuffPost. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_64

Accolades In the Lonely Hour_section_4

The album was nominated for Best Album at the 2014 MOBO Awards, whilst Smith was also up for Best Male and Best R&B/Soul Act, and "Stay with Me" was nominated for Best Song. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_65

Smith scooped all four awards at the ceremony on 22 October 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_66

On 6 December 2014, it was announced that Smith had been nominated for six awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour, and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Stay with Me". In the Lonely Hour_sentence_67

At the Grammys on 8 February 2015, Smith walked away with four awards, with In the Lonely Hour winning Best Pop Vocal Album and "Stay with Me" winning Song of the Year. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_68

The Darkchild remix of the song also won Record of the Year. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_69

On 26 February 2015, Smith also won Best British Breakthrough and the Global Success Award at the 2015 Brit Awards. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_70

Commercial performance In the Lonely Hour_section_5

On 28 May 2014, In the Lonely Hour debuted at number one on The Official Chart Update in the United Kingdom, outselling Coldplay's album Ghost Stories (which was entering its second week in the charts) by nearly 20,000 copies. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_71

On 29 May, the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number two. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_72

On 1 June, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one with sales of 101,000, making it the fastest-selling album of 2014 (at the time), and number two in Scotland. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_73

In the first five weeks after its release, the album had sold 228,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_74

On 18 December, it was announced that the album had surpassed the 1 million mark in the UK, having sold around 1,007,000 copies by midnight. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_75

It became just the second artist album in the UK to sell over 1 million copies a month after Ed Sheeran reached that plateau with his album x. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_76

Smith also becoming the only artist to sell 1 million copies of an album in both the UK and the US in 2014. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_77

In the Lonely Hour became the second best-selling album of 2014 in the UK with 1,248,000 sold for the year. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_78

On 4 September 2015, the album broke the record for most consecutive weeks in the UK top ten for a debut release, which currently stands at 67. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_79

On 29 December 2017, it was certified 8x Platinum by the BPI. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_80

As of December 2015, In the Lonely Hour has sold 2,140,000 copies in total in the UK, including 893,000 units sold in 2015. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_81

In the United States, In the Lonely Hour debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, making it the largest debut for a solo artist's first album since Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon launched with 169,000 at number four on the week ending 25 November 2012. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_82

It was beaten to the top spot by Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, which sold 182,000 copies that week. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_83

The album held at number two the next week with sales of 67,000, bringing the set's total sales in the United States up to 233,000. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_84

By the year's end, the album had achieved Platinum status and had shifted 1,210,000 copies in the United States, making it the third best-selling album of 2014 behind 1989 by Taylor Swift and the Frozen soundtrack. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_85

In addition, Smith sold 2.8 million singles from the album, while the album was streamed 87 million times and viewed on UK video streaming sites 48 million times. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_86

In the US, Smith sold 9.2 million digital track downloads, with "Stay with Me" alone selling 4.1 million. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_87

According to Nielsen SoundScan, In the Lonely Hour was also the eight best-selling album of 2015 in the United States, with 1,741,000 album-equivalent units (1,018,000 of that in traditional album sales). In the Lonely Hour_sentence_88

The album has sold 2.228 million copies in the US as of December 2015. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_89

In Australia, In the Lonely Hour debuted at number two, behind Coldplay's Ghost Stories and remained in the top 20 until 23 August 2015. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_90

With the Australian leg of his In the Lonely Hour Tour in April 2015, the album rose to peak at number one for the week commencing 27 April 2015, in its 48th week. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_91

"In The Lonely Hour" was phenomenally successful in New Zealand, spending 68 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10, including 8 non-consecutive weeks at the summit of the chart. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_92

The album has been certified 4x Platinum as of 7 December 2015 for sales exceeding 60,000 copies and was the fourth-to-highest selling album of 2014 in New Zealand. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_93

The album is placed 5 in New Zealand's all-time best-charting albums. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_94

Supported by the release of their second album's lead single, the album returned to the Swedish and Danish top 10 in September and November 2017 respectively - more than 3 years after its release. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_95

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, "In The Lonely Hour" sold 4.5 million copies in 2014 and 2.6 million copies in 2015, becoming the fifth best-selling album of both years. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_96

In 2015, In the Lonely Hour was ranked as the third most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_97

Track listing In the Lonely Hour_section_6

Notes In the Lonely Hour_sentence_98

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  • signifies an additional producerIn the Lonely Hour_item_0_0
  • signifies a co-producerIn the Lonely Hour_item_0_1

Charts In the Lonely Hour_section_7

Certifications and sales In the Lonely Hour_section_8

In the Lonely Hour_table_general_1

RegionIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_0_0 CertificationIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_0_1 Certified units/salesIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_0_2
Australia (ARIA)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_1_0 5× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_1_1 350,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_1_2
Austria (IFPI Austria)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_2_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_2_1 15,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_2_2
Belgium (BEA)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_3_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_3_1 15,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_3_2
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_4_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_4_1 20,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_4_2
Canada (Music Canada)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_5_0 2× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_5_1 160,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_5_2
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_6_0 5× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_6_1 100,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_6_2
France (SNEP)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_7_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_7_1 100,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_7_2
Germany (BVMI)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_8_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_8_1 100,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_8_2
Italy (FIMI)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_9_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_9_1 25,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_9_2
Mexico (AMPROFON)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_10_0 2× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_10_1 120,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_10_2
Netherlands (NVPI)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_11_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_11_1 50,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_11_2
New Zealand (RMNZ)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_12_0 4× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_12_1 60,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_12_2
Norway (IFPI Norway)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_13_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_13_1 15,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_13_2
Poland (ZPAV)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_14_0 3× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_14_1 60,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_14_2
South Africa (RISA)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_15_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_15_1 40,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_15_2
South KoreaIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_16_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_16_1 13,587In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_16_2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_17_0 GoldIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_17_1 20,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_17_2
Sweden (GLF)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_18_0 2× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_18_1 80,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_18_2
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_19_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_19_1 20,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_19_2
United Kingdom (BPI)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_20_0 8× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_20_1 2,659,269In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_20_2
United States (RIAA)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_21_0 5× PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_21_1 5,000,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_21_2
SummariesIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_22_0
Europe (IFPI)In the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_23_0 PlatinumIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_23_1 1,000,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_23_2
WorldwideIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_1_24_0 In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_24_1 12,000,000In the Lonely Hour_cell_1_24_2
sales figures based on certification alone

shipments figures based on certification alone sales+streaming figures based on certification aloneIn the Lonely Hour_cell_1_25_0

Release history In the Lonely Hour_section_9

In the Lonely Hour_table_general_2

RegionIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_2_0_0 DateIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_2_0_1 FormatIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_2_0_2 LabelIn the Lonely Hour_header_cell_2_0_3
United KingdomIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_1_0 26 May 2014In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_1_1 In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_1_2 In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_1_3
United StatesIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_2_0 17 June 2014In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_2_1
ChinaIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_3_0 13 July 2014In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_3_1 CDIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_3_2 UniversalIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_3_3
JapanIn the Lonely Hour_cell_2_4_0 21 January 2015In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_4_1 In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_4_2

(Drowning Shadows Edition)In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_5_0

6 November 2015In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_5_1 In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_5_2 In the Lonely Hour_cell_2_5_3

Tour In the Lonely Hour_section_10

The In the Lonely Hour Tour was announced in October 2014, with North American, European, Asian, and Oceania dates revealed. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_99

It began on 9 January 2015 in Atlanta and concluded on 12 December 2015 in Brisbane. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_100

The tour grossed $26.3 million from 62 shows reported by Pollstar 2015's Year-end Top 100 worldwide Tours list from 490,854 tickets sold. In the Lonely Hour_sentence_101

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: the Lonely Hour.