Ed Sheeran's X hits record as fastest-selling album of 2014


Ed Sheeran's album X has become the fastest-selling album of the year so far.

It has sold 182,000 copies in its first week, 14,000 more than Coldplay managed with Ghost Stories in May.

The singer's second album, which is pronounced as "multiply" rather than the letter, also includes his first number one single, Sing.

Both the UK albums and singles charts have new number ones.

The Dutch house producer Oliver Heldens, 19, and Worcestershire singer-songwriter Becky Hill, 20, top the Official Singles Chart, which this week include streams

 for the first time, with track Gecko Overdrive.

A number of acts who performed at Glastonbury at the weekend have seen their albums climb back up the charts.

Elbow's The Take Off and Landing of Everything has risen from number 58 to number 19.

Rudimental's Home soars 59 places to 24, while the new number 25, Arcade Fire's Reflektor, has jumped 85 places.

Lily Allen's Yeezus has risen from number 49 to 37, and Haim's Days Are Gone has gone from 92 to 52.

Ed Sheeran appeared on stage at Glastonbury this weekend after country-singer Dolly Parton, 68, who drew more than 80,000 music fans to her show.

He performed on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday evening and kicked off his performance with a rendition of his 2011 single You Need Me, I Don't Need You.

Courtesy: BBC

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