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The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014 so far!

02/10/2014

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The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014 so far!

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Ed Sheeran’s X and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour lead a very British line-up in the biggest-selling artist albums of 2014 so far, OfficialCharts.com can reveal.

Ed Sheeran’s X has overtaken Coldplay’s Ghost Stories as the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far, according to Official Charts Company data.

This success means the acclaimed album has now been certified 2x Platinum by the BPI - the music trade body that represents the UK's record labels.

Ed said: “I’m so happy people have been enjoying my album so much - great to hear that it’s still the biggest seller of the year and has now gone double Platinum too. Looking forward to playing it live to my UK fans when the tour starts next week!”

Released in June this year, X became Ed’s second chart-topping album in the UK and spent a massive eight weeks at the Official Albums Chart summit. It is currently the fastest-selling album of 2014 after shifting more than 182,000 copies during its first week on sale, and has since sold in excess of 634,000 copies.

The newly released list highlights the quality and popularity of British music so far in 2014, with 90% of the Top 10 best sellers of the year being UK acts, and only one international act, Pharrell Williams, making the cut.

British newcomer Sam Smith, who was tipped for success from the outset as the winner of the BRITs Critics' Choice award and BBC Sound Of 2014 poll, also leapfrogs Coldplay this quarter to take second place on the year to date best-sellers list with his debut album In The Lonely Hour.

The record, which hasn’t left the Top 5 since its release in May, debuted at Number 1 and spent two weeks at the top before returning to pole position for a further two weeks in September. To date, the LP has sold 487,000 copies.

Coldplay, who led the best-sellers so far list at the half-way point of 2014, slip two places to Number 3 with Ghost Stories. The album – released in May - became their sixth chart-topper and has since racked up sales of 470,000.

Meanwhile, Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love is at Number 4 with sales of 440,000, and Paloma Faith claims the accolade of the best-selling female album of the year so far with A Perfect Contradiction (5), which has so far shifted 342,000. Paloma also achieved a personal best on the singles front last month when Changing, her collaboration with dance duo Sigma hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

Further down the year to date Top 40, Dolly Parton makes a new entry at Number 12 with Blue Smoke. Released to coincide with her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury, the album is the fourth biggest seller of the third quarter of 2014, spending 12 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 and has sold 208,000.

George Ezra is also new at Number 15 with Wanted On Voyage on 183,000. During the Q3 period, which runs from July to end of September, the record is the third best-seller behind Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

The Official Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014 so far far

1 X ED SHEERAN
2 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
3 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
4 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
5 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
6 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
7 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
8 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
9 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
10 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
11 BEYONCE BEYONCE
12 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
13 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
14 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST GARY BARLOW
15 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
16 TRUE AVICII
17 48:13:00 KASABIAN
18 SYMPHONICA GEORGE MICHAEL
19 THE TAKE OFF AND LANDING OF EVERYTHING ELBOW
20 THE 1975 1975
21 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
22 HOME RUDIMENTAL
23 XSCAPE MICHAEL JACKSON
24 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
25 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
26 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
27 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
28 PURE HEROINE LORDE
29 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES ONE DIRECTION
30 GOING BACK HOME WILKO JOHNSON/ROGER DALTREY
31 THE POWER OF LOVE SAM BAILEY
32 PRISM KATY PERRY
33 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM
34 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
35 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
36 ULTRAVIOLENCE LANA DEL REY
37 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
38 STARS COLLABRO
39 EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION & WAR KAISER CHIEFS
40 HIGH HOPES BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

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