It’s a good time to be Rory Graham, A.K.A. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man; he’s just scored the biggest selling debut of the decade by a male solo artist . In only the first week of its release, his debut album, ‘Human’, has sold 117,000 copies – more than all of the other top 20 entries combined. It’s an impressive achievement, especially given that it comfortably tops first week sales figures from Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith’s debuts (102 and 101 thousand respectively) from a few years ago.
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Commenting on the album’s runaway success, Graham stated “A massive thank you for going out and buying my album, streaming it and making it such a success so quickly, it means the world to me. Number 1 album… smash!” ‘Human’ has also had the best first week performance of any album in the UK since David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ which was released back in January 2016. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has already been chosen as critics choice at this year’s Brits. Speaking on the Brits success, he said “I thought they had made a mistake, I was up against two pop giants. It’s bloody brilliant! I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin.”