Monday 18 November 2019

Sheeran's X passes sales landmark

Ed Sheeran won two awards at this year's Brits
Ed Sheeran won two awards at this year's Brits

Brit winner Ed Sheeran can add a new honour to his list of achievements - his second album X has hit the two million sales mark.

The Thinking Out Loud singer has joined Adele, Take That and The Beatles in passing the landmark, according to the Official Charts Company.

Sheeran's latest accolade comes after he won best male solo artist and best album of the year at the Brit Awards in February.

X, the follow-up to 2011's +, achieved the milestone in just 38 weeks after it was released last June, making it the sixth fastest album to pass the two million mark since 2000 - and the fifth fastest-selling album of the past five years.

Sheeran, 24, said: "So chuffed to hear X has just hit the 2 million mark in the UK! Looking forward to getting back there for my Wembley shows in July and celebrating with you all."

The album, which sold a million copies after 23 weeks on sale, has spent 12 weeks at number one on the UK albums charts across three different spells. It has also spawned two chart-topping singles with Sing and Thinking Out Loud.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot added: "It is unlikely that anyone was in any doubt before, but this firmly establishes just what a significant, era-defining album X has become. The two million landmark is quite an achievement and puts Ed up there with the biggest acts of the age."

Adele's second album 21 remains the fastest seller of the millennium. It is followed by Dido's Life For Rent, The Beatles' 14, Take That's Progress and Coldplay's X&Y.

The other top sellers of the millennium, according to the Official Charts Company, include Keane's Hopes And Fears, Kings Of Leon's Only By The Night, Leona Lewis's Spirit and Take That's Beautiful World.

Sheeran's fellow Brit winner Sam Smith is on course to remain in the top spot with his charity single.

His duet with John Legend for Comic Relief, Lay Me Down, holds the lead as they look set to continue their reign over the singles chart this week.

US rapper Kendrick Lamar is set for his first UK number one album with To Pimp A Butterfly.

His third studio record was a surprise release when it dropped online on March 16, with Kanye West and Taylor Swift as fans. It has broken Spotify's global streaming record, racking up over 9.6 million streams on its first day.

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