Ed Sheeran’s X logs 12th week at Number 1 with massive sales

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran spends 12th non-consecutive week at the top spot with huge sales.

Ed Sheeran has continued his reign atop the Official Albums Chart this week with X.

The album logs its 12th non-consecutive week at Number 1 with sales of 211,000, his second biggest one-week sales tally since the LP’s release back in June.

Holding at Number 2 is Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, which OfficialCharts.com recently announced had sold over one million copies, and Olly MursNever Been Better is at 3.

Completing the Top 5 are George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (Number 4) and Take That’s III (5).

New Entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Ella Henderson’s Chapter One jumps from 11 to 8, Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction is up five places from last week to Number 9, and Michael Buble’s Christmas album is at 10.

Further down the chart, this week’s biggest climbers include Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love (up ten places to Number 18), Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (up from 38 to 20), and Arctic Monkeys’ AM, which rebounds 32 places to re-enter the Top 40 at 39.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows. The Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here, on Sunday at 7pm.

1 X ED SHEERAN
2 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
3 NEVER BEEN BETTER OLLY MURS
4 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
5 III TAKE THAT
6 FOUR ONE DIRECTION
7 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
8 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
9 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
10 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
11 ROCK OR BUST AC/DC
12 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
13 THE ENDLESS RIVER PINK FLOYD
14 IT'S THE GIRLS BETTE MIDLER
15 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
16 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
17 MOTION CALVIN HARRIS
18 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
19 SONIC HIGHWAYS FOO FIGHTERS
20 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
21 FOREVER QUEEN
22 LOVE IN VENICE ANDRE RIEU
23 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
24 MELODY ROAD NEIL DIAMOND
25 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
26 MCBUSTED MCBUSTED
27 THE GREATEST HITS LUTHER VANDROSS
28 LISTEN DAVID GUETTA
29 I FORGET WHERE WE WERE BEN HOWARD
30 AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE STATUS QUO
31 SIRENS OF SONG JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS R&B OR
32 NEW EYES CLEAN BANDIT
33 STARS COLLABRO
34 DUBLIN TO DETROIT BOYZONE
35 NOSTALGIA ANNIE LENNOX
36 THE PINKPRINT NICKI MINAJ
37 HOZIER HOZIER
38 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
39 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
40 STRICTLY COME DANCING DAVE ARCH & THE STRICTLY BAND