Sam Smith has denied Madonna a 12th UK number one album by returning to top spot himself with ‘In the Lonely Hour’. Boosted by Comic Relief single ‘Lay Me Down’ – which also topped the singles chart – Smith’s album sales pipped Madge at the last minute after ‘Rebel Heart’ had led the race throughout the week.

The return to top spot makes it six separate occasions when the album has sat in pole position, a male solo artist record.