British singer Sam Smith poses on the red carpet to attend the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL    RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMER        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer Sam Smith poses on the red carpet to attend the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
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British singer Sam Smith finds himself in some great company this week. According to BBC News, the young soul singer came very close to breaking a record held by the Beatles.

The Grammy-winning artist’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has lasted 50 weeks in the top five after being released a year ago. The Beatles are the only other artists to hold that feat. Back in 1963, their debut album, Please Please Me, spent 51 weeks in the top five in the first year of release, and 56 weeks overall.

With hits such as “Stay With Me,” and “Lay Me Down,” the album has sold a million copies in both the UK and US. Smith, who is celebrating a birthday, should be quite delighted by the news, especially as he recovers from vocal cord surgery. In fact, the success of the album has made Sam Smith feel “insanely happy” about how he has been embraced as an artist. He told OfficialCharts.com:

“Seeing this statistic genuinely makes me feel very weird, but also insanely happy and just so thankful to everyone who has purchased the album…not so lonely any more.”