Ed Sheeran Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200 With X Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.02.2014
Lana Del Rey falls to #4...
Billboard reports that Ed Sheeran earned his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with X, which sold 210,000 copies. This is his second album and was released on June 23 through Atlantic Records. This is his best sales week ever and the largest debut for a pop album this year. It's the fourth-largest debut 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). The last pop album to open with more sales was One Direction's Midnight Memories, which sold 546,000 on the week of December 1.
This is also the largest sales week for a British male artist in almost ten years, following Rod Stewart's Stardust … The Great American Songbook Vol. III, which debuted at #1 with 240,000 sold on the week of October 24, 2004. This is the follow-up to Sheeran's album +, which debuted and peaked at #5 with 42,000 in its first week. It went on to sell 841,000 copies.
With Sam Smith at #2, the Billboard 200's top two spots feature British solo artists for the first time in over twenty years. The last time was March 27, 1993, when Eric Clapton's Unplugged and Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales were at #1 and #2, respectively. The last time two British acts (solo or group) were in the top two, it was on October 20, 2012. Mumford & Sons' Babel and Muse's The 2nd Law took #1 and #2, respectively.
1. Ed Sheeran - X (210,000)
2. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (67,000)
3. G-Eazy - These Things Happen (46,000)
4. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (44,000)
5. Frozen soundtrack (38,000)
6. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun (34,000)
7. Phish - Fuego (32,000)
8. Miranda Lambert - Platinum (29,000)
9. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party (29,000)
10. Now 50 (22,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.3 million copies, down 6% from last week (4.6 million) and down 14% compared to last year (5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 120.9 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (142 million).