Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’ Debuts At #1 On Album Chart, Sam Smith Hangs In Right Behind At #2

Robbie Daw | July 2, 2014 9:06 am

Ed Sheeran has clearly multiplied his fan base and sales between the releases of debut LP + and its follow-up, x. The latter goes straight in at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 210,000 copies in its opening week. This puts Sheeran in fourth place for biggest first-week sales overall in 2014, behind Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383,000), Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288,000) and Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am (211,000).

Hanging in just behind Ed is his fellow UK countryman Sam Smith, with In the Lonely Hour (67,000). Smith debuted at #2 last week, just behind Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence, which now takes a tumble to #4.

With the British gents locking up the top of the chart, head below to see where the rest of pop’s movers and shakers landed this week.

The Top 10 Of The Billboard 200 Chart

1. Ed Sheeran, x *new* *1 week*
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. G-Eazy, These Things Happen *new*
4. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
5. Soundtrack, Frozen
6. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round The Sun *new*
7. Phish, Fuego *new*
8. Miranda Lambert, Platinum
9. Linkin Park, The Hunting Party
10. Various, NOW 50

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