Her latest challenger — Sam Smith (pictured) and his second full-length, The Thrill Of It All — was kept at #2 in its debut week, one spot behind the peak of his first album, 2015's In The Lonely Hour. Incidentally, that feat was achieved after spending 48 weeks in the top fifty, so there's hope yet Sam!
Alongside Smith, the top ten was flooded with new entries. Guy Sebastian's eighth studio LP, Conscious, started at #4, two spots ahead of The Mortal Coil, the debut from Sydney metalcorists Polaris. Further back, Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues lands at #7 and Roy Orbison's album partnership with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debuts at #9.
Meanwhile, last week's #2, 360's Vintage Modern, slips right down to #19, Michael Buble's Christmas album re-enters the chart for the seventh straight year, climbing to #24, and Taylor Swift's 2014 LP, 1989, moves up three spots to #22 as fans prepare for the release of her new album, Reputation. Early information suggests that Reputation — released last Friday — is destined to be Pink's undoing, with Billboard reporting that the album sold 700,000 copies in the U.S. on its opening day.