Happy X-mas! Ed Sheeran scores biggest one-week album sales of the year

Ed Sheeran’s X has broken yet another Official Chart record as it scores the biggest one-week sales of any artist album in 2014.

Spoiler alert – it looks like a LOT of you are getting Ed Sheeran’s X in your stocking this year! The album, which racks up its eleventh week at the Official Albums Chart Number 1 spot today, has shifted over 214,000 copies in the past seven days, giving Ed the biggest one-week sales tally of any artist album this year.

The million-selling LP has spawned four Official Singles Chart Top 40s, including Number 1s Sing and Thinking Out Loud.

Now That’s What I Call Music! 89 holds the overall title for fastest-selling album of 2014, shifting over 224,000 copies in its first week on sale in November.

Elsewhere, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour holds firm at Number 2. Earlier this week, the Official Charts Company confirmed that In The Lonely Hour is the only artist album to sell over one million copies in both the UK and US in 2014.

Previous chart toppers, Olly Murs’ Never Been Better (3), George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (4) and Take That’s III (5) complete today’s Top 5.

New Entries

There are two new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Top 40. US rapper Nicki Minaj is at 22 today with The Pinkprint. The LP is Nicki’s third studio album and features Top 40 singles; Pills N Potions, Anaconda and Only.

Aussie quartet 5 Seconds of Summer are at 31 today with their first live album, LIVESOS.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 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 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
8 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
9 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
10 THE ENDLESS RIVER PINK FLOYD

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