Ed Sheeran’s X was the most streamed album of 2014, The Official Charts Company can reveal.
The singer-songwriter’s second LP garnered 200 million track streams in 2014, following its release in June.
The news comes as it is announced today that streaming will be incorporated into the Official Albums Chart for the first time later this month, with the first Top 100 chart including streams announced on March 1.
The chart-topping X, which follows Ed’s multi-platinum debut +, was also the biggest selling artist album of 2014, selling over 1,689,000 copies in the UK (over 1 million copies more than the biggest artist album of 2013, One Direction’s Midnight Memories).
The record, which also claimed three of the 20 most streamed songs of 2014 with Thinking Out Loud, Sing and Dont, has so far spent 12 weeks at Number 1 and has logged just one week outside the Top 5 since its release.
Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour was the second most streamed album of 2014, with total track streams of 140 million. The record cleaned up at the Grammy Awards earlier this week, picking up four prizes for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album (In The Lonely Hour), Record Of The Year (Stay With Me) and Song Of The Year (Stay With Me).
Rounding off the Top 3 is George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage, which has notched up track streams of 70 million since its release in June. The LP, which includes the hit singles Budapest and Blame It On Me, spent 13 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 before eventually hitting Number 1 in October.
The Official Top 40 Most Streamed Albums of 2014 are:
|2||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|6||NIGHT VISIONS||IMAGINE DRAGONS|
|9||THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2||EMINEM|
|12||18 MONTHS||CALVIN HARRIS|
|13||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA|
|15||CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS||EMINEM|
|16||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD|
|17||MY EVERYTHING||ARIANA GRANDE|
|19||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER|
|20||DAYS ARE GONE||HAIM|
|21||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|22||CAUSTIC LOVE||PAOLO NUTINI|
|23||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION|
|26||THE VERY BEST OF||FLEETWOOD MAC|
|27||TIME FLIES - 1994-2009||OASIS|
|30||WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M||ARCTIC MONKEYS|
|31||LEGEND||BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS|
|32||GREATEST HITS||FOO FIGHTERS|
|34||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|35||NUMBER ONES||MICHAEL JACKSON|
|37||MEET THE VAMPS||VAMPS|
|38||SO LONG SEE YOU TOMORROW||BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB|
|39||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS|
|40||THIS IS ALL YOURS||ALT-J|
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