Sam Smith’s second album The Thrill Of It All debuts at number one

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Sam Smith the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Sam Smith has achieved his second number album in Britain.

The Thrill Of It All sold almost 97,000 copies between album sales, downloads and streams combined.

64% of the album’s sales this week were physical copies, 21% were downloads and 14% were streaming equivalent sales.

However the number is down from his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, which shifted 102,000 combined sales in its first week.

Reacting to the news, Sam told Official Charts Company: ““My heart is so full and happy with this news.

“Thank you to every single person who has got The Thrill Of It All – this is a dream come true for me, thank you.”

The first album went on to be the only album of 2014 to sell one million copies in both Britain and America.

It has sold more than 12 million copies in the three years since its release.

Since the debut album, Sam won an Oscar for his James Bond theme tune, Writing’s On The Wall, in which he infamously claimed to be the first gay man to win an Oscar.

Sam hasn’t been afraid to embrace his sexuality since making it to the big time.

He recently weighed in on Australia’s same-sex marriage debate with a plan to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

The multi-platinum selling artist has urged Australian voters to support the ‘yes’ side of the debate in recent weeks.

The 25-year-old Too Good At Goodbyes singer is to to donate a third of the profits from his Sydney Opera House show on 16 January.

Australian Marriage Equality co-chair Janine Middleton said: “Sam knows all too well about the challenges faced by LGBTI Australians and his generosity towards them will help us achieve fairness and equality for all.

“Sam doesn’t need to do this, he isn’t Australian but he understands what it feels like to be in a relationship that isn’t considered equal.

“Soon we hope to realize the equality he enjoys at home in the United Kingdom will soon be a reality here in Australia,” she said.

Last week he appeared on breakfast TV show Today to discuss his life and upcoming second album.

While on the show he blasted the government or holding the marriage equality survey.

Sam told the presenters: “We shouldn’t be having this discussion in 2017.”

He added: “But it it great that it is happening. Yeah, I’m so happy.”