Ed Sheeran continues to enjoy success with his sophomore album X. According to Billboard.com, the album has started off a fifth consecutive week atop the U.K. album charts on Sunday, July 27. The accomplishment lands Sheeran in some cool company. Its the longest consecutive run at No. 1 since Adele’s breakout album 21 enjoyed similar success in 2011, and X is also the longest-running No. 1 album by a British male solo artist since James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam.
With hits such as “Sing”, “One” and “Don’t,” Sheeran’s album has passed the 400,000 sales mark. The 24-year-old singer still has a ways to go to beat Adele, who spent 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 21. The success of X can be attributed to Sheeran’s growth and evolution as an artist.
[‘Sing’] felt like the furthest away of anything I have ever done, and I would prefer to be talked about than not talked about and sticking out a song that makes everyone go ‘huh?’”
He feels his unpredictability and willingness to change his style is what keeps fans on their toes and keeps him “cool” to them. After making a name for himself with his first album, +, Sheeran has figured out a way to achieve even more success with his follow-up album. It has transformed him into an international superstar. He found improving on the first album to be rather easy.
He told MTV:
I think it was a great stepping stone, it opened all the doors it need to, and I would say there are some songs on that album that I would put on this album. But I’ve evolved as a musician, my tastes are different and my experiences have changed, and for me it was quite easy to improve on it.”
Sheeran doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. His current single “Don’t” is rising on the charts and also has people speculating over who the song is about. The song appears to be an angry song, but that emotion infused with the lyrics has brought about the type of attention to the song that Sheeran referred to as a means of keeping fans on their feet when it comes to his music.