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post Mar 19 2015, 12:27 PM
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Ed Sheeran's X becomes one of the biggest selling albums of the decade
18 March 2015
By Rob Copsey


Ed Sheeran has added a new honour to his list of many achievements - his award-winning Number 1 album X has joined a select band of albums to hit the 2 million sales mark.

X passed the 2 million mark (2.01 million) earlier this week, just 9 months after its release last June, based on data compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The achievement makes X only the fifth album to pass 2m mark since the start of this decade, following in the footsteps of albums by Adele, Emeli Sande, Take That and Michael Bubl.

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

The album also managed the feat in super-quick time too, becoming the sixth fastest 2m-seller of the Millennium so far. While 39 albums have now hit the landmark since 2000, only eight have done so within a 12 month period with X achieving the milestone in just 38 weeks. The Official Top 10 fastest 2m-sellers of the Millennium are:

TITLE ARTIST WEEKS
1 21 ADELE 13
2 LIFE FOR RENT DIDO 13
3 1 BEATLES 14
4 PROGRESS TAKE THAT 20
5 X&Y COLDPLAY 31
6 X ED SHEERAN 38
7 HOPES AND FEARS KEANE 47
8 ONLY BY THE NIGHT KINGS OF LEON 51
9 SPIRIT LEONA LEWIS 54
10 BEAUTIFUL WORLD TAKE THAT 55
Table shows the albums which have reached 2m sales fastest from week 1 2010 to week 11 2015.2015 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.

X is now a genuine landmark album. Passing the million mark after just 23 weeks on sale, it has had three different spells at Number 1 in the Official Albums Chart, spanning 12 weeks. Although it was released last summer, Xs biggest sales week came in December, when it sold 214,000 copies in just seven days.

The album has also spawned two Official Singles Chart Number 1s with Sing and Thinking Out Loud, as well as a further two Top 40 hits with Don't and Bloodstream. Click here to view Sheerans full Official Chart History.

The success of X also means Sheeran has two albums among the ten biggest selling albums of the 2010s so far with X at Number 5 and + at Number 6. The only other artists to achieve this feat are Adele (with 21 at 1 and 19 at 10) and Michael Bubl (with Christmas at 3 and Crazy Love at 8). The Top 5 biggest selling albums of the decade are:

1 21 ADELE
2 PROGRESS TAKE THAT
3 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
4 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
5 X ED SHEERAN
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Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: 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 2 million landmark is quite an achievement and puts Ed up there with the biggest acts of the age. Many many congratulations, Ed!

Ed Sheeran The road to 2 million
Total sales: 2.01 million
Download sales: 574,000
CD sales: 1,429,000
Vinyl sales: 7,000
Biggest sales week: December 2014, 214,000 sales
Average weekly sales: 52,880 per week
Average daily sales: 7,555 per day
Weeks at Number 1: 12
Spells at Number 1: 3
Weeks in Top 10: 38 (every week since release)
Where loves X most: East England, Northern Ireland, Lancashire
Where loves X least: N Scotland, Central Scotland, London
Biggest selling track: Thinking Out Loud, 886,000 sales
Most streamed track: Thinking Out Loud, 40 million
Number of 2m selling albums since 2010: 5
Number of 2m selling albums since 2000: 39
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post Mar 20 2015, 02:51 PM
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I had no idea that '21' and 'Life For Rent' passed 2m sales just 13 weeks after release. That's insane!

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post Mar 21 2015, 01:57 AM
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For comparison sake, what has + sold so far?
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QUOTE(Mango @ Mar 20 2015, 02:51 PM) *
I had no idea that '21' and 'Life For Rent' passed 2m sales just 13 weeks after release. That's insane!


I remember both quite well.

Life For Rent had cleared 1 million in 6/7 weeks and then it was the run up to Christmas and she was selling bucketloads at number 1 then too.
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I do love myself a bit of Ed but this is just so overrated drama.gif and while he's got some great tracks such as Sing, Don't and Afire Love on it I don't see why it's been as successful as it was tbh rolleyes.gif
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QUOTE(inniŋğ đɑ @ Mar 21 2015, 07:14 PM) *
I do love myself a bit of Ed but this is just so overrated drama.gif and while he's got some great tracks such as Sing, Don't and Afire Love on it I don't see why it's been as successful as it was tbh rolleyes.gif


You really don't?

For starters regardless of anyone's opinion of it, this is the type of music the general public tend to lap up and regardless of your dislike of 'Thinking Out Loud', it's a very well liked and popular track which is also the sort of thing which shifts shedloads of albums.
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QUOTE(mr_aly @ Mar 21 2015, 10:01 PM) *
You really don't?

For starters regardless of anyone's opinion of it, this is the type of music the general public tend to lap up and regardless of your dislike of 'Thinking Out Loud', it's a very well liked and popular track which is also the sort of thing which shifts shedloads of albums.

I do like most of his tracks actually (both Afire Love and Sing made my top 100 EOY) apart from TOL and a couple of his other ballads but as with most people's favourite artists there is always a song or two that doesn't always quite cut it tongue.gif


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