Ed Sheeran is "fuckin buzzin!" that his latest album "X" joins an elite group of British artists who achieved the sales landmark.
Data released by the Official Charts Company and music trade body BPI reveals that "X" has reached million-selling status and in doing so becomes the first artist the feat in calendar year since Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events in 2012.
"X" - which by the end of play on Saturday, November 29th had amassed sales of 1,005,002 - places Ed in an elite group of British artists who have achieved the landmark in the UK over the past few years, including Adele in 2011 (21 and 19), Take That in 2010 (Progress) and Susan Boyle in 2009 (I Dreamed a Dream).
With the peak Christmas trading period still to come, it is likely the album will be certified 4x Platinum (equivalent to 1.2m copies) by the BPI before the end of 2014.
- eight straight weeks at the top of the Official Album Chart upon its release on 20th June 2014 (and a further week at the top since then)
- the UK’s fastest-selling and longest-running No.1 artist album of the year and longest-running No.1 since Adele’s "21" (11 consecutive weeks back in 2011).
- "X" was Ed's first ever US Number 1 album
- single Thinking Out Loud went #1, becoming the song with the longest climb from entering the Top 40 to the Number 1 spot in history (19 weeks)
- Thinking Out Loud set new record for the most number of streams in one week (1.638m)
- Debut album "+" has sold 1.87 million copies to date
source - summary by kindalingers
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