It said Smith's success at the BRIT awards, where he won the
Critics' Choice award, had helped him sell 108,000 copies with
his debut track. It was the first time the winner of that award
had debuted in the top spot, it said.
The British pop world's show of the year was held earlier this
Smith's success pushed Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" down to third
place, while Pharrell Williams took the second spot with his
A collaboration between Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World — a song called "Say Something" — went in straight at number
In the albums chart, British band Bastille stormed back to
number one with their record "Bad Blood", thanks, the Official
Charts Company said, to their own success at the BRITs, where
they were named as the Best British Breakthrough act.
The Arctic Monkeys, who also did well at the awards, climbed
nine places to finish at number two with their album "AM".
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; editing
by Larry King)
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