Sam Smith is “truly overwhelmed” after their album Gloria debuted at number one.
It is the 30-year-old singer’s third number-one album, following their 2014 debut The Lonely Hour and 2017’s The Thrill Of It All.
Collaborations on the album include Koffee, Jessie Reyez, and Ed Sheeran.
It comes after the pop singer’s music video for “I’m Not Here to Make Friends” was slammed online this week for being overly sexualized.
They are seen dancing with scantily clad dancers while wearing a corset and nipple tassels.
Fans have defended Smith, claiming that they are being targeted because they are queer and plus size.
“Thank you to all my amazing sailors who have made Gloria this week’s number one album,” Smith, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, said.
“I’m completely overwhelmed and couldn’t have done it without you. I adore you all, and this is for you.”
Smith is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards this weekend and may collaborate with German trans singer Kim Petras on the album’s lead single Unholy.
Gloria has been described by Smith in the past as feeling “like a coming of age” and that it helped them “through some dark times”.
Miley Cyrus remained at the top of the singles chart for the third week in a row with Flowers, which was streamed more than 12 million times this week.