Ed Sheeran scores lowest weekly sales for 17 years in topping the UK album chart

Not since Levellers' 1995 LP 'Zeitgeist' has so few sales contributed towards a Number One album

Ed Sheeran took the top spot in the Official UK Album Chart yesterday (January 29), but with the lowest sales for a UK Number One album in 17 years.

The singer’s debut album ‘+’ knocked Adele‘s ’21’ from the top of the album chart, but only sold 20,607 copies in the process. This marks the lowest weekly sales for a Number One album since the Levellers‘ album ‘Zeitgeist’ topped the charts in 1995 with sales of 13,885, reports Music Week.

Even then, the folk band’s album had entered the chart at Number Two the previous week with sales of 23,531 and had actually climbed to Number One despite a dip of over 40%.


Sheeran narrowly outsold Coldplay‘s ‘Mylo Xyloto’ to take the spot, with the stadium rockers selling 19,405 of their new album last week.

Sales in the Official UK Album Chart are likely to be significantly increased this week with the much anticipated release of Lana Del Rey‘s debut album ‘Born To Die’.