The much anticipated sophomore album from “Lego House” singer Ed Sheeran hasn’t disappointed. Not only has the album already produced a couple of hits, X is the fastest selling album of 2014 in the U.K. According to BBC News on Monday, Sheeran’s album, which is pronounced, “multiply”, sold 182,000 copies in its first week.
The success of the album is no surprise, with Sheeran appearing almost everywhere and dominating the charts and radio airwaves with his hit song “Sing”, and his slower love ballad “One”. The Official Charts Company released data on Sunday that revealed Sheeran’s X outsold Coldplay’s Ghost Stories in its opening week back in May by almost 14,000 copies. The album has of course gone straight to No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
Sheeran released X on June 23, but before the release, he released a single from the record daily. The 23-year-old singer has seen much success from the single “Sing.” The song was co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams and delivered a different style than the songs he became known for off his debut album, particularly his Grammy Award-nominated pop song, “The A Team.” The song itself soared to No. 1 in the U.K. and is currently sitting at No. 13 on the Billboard singles chart.
Not only is the young U.K. singer busy releasing hit songs, he is also busy writing songs for other artists. He recently performed a nine-song set Sunday evening at England’s Glastonbury Festival. His hourlong performance included songs from both of his albums. Sheeran will set his sights on the U.S. this summer, as he will launch a North American tour. Sheeran took the No. 1 spot from fellow U.K. singer Sam Smith, whose In The Lonely Hour album dropped to No. 2. Both singers continue to make a name for themselves in both the U.K. and the U.S.