Ed Sheeran becomes first artist since 2012 to sell a million albums in a year

Sheeran's 'X' is the first record to shift a million copies since Emeli Sandé's 'Our Version Of Events'

Ed Sheeran‘s new album ‘X’ is the first record in two years to sell one million copies within a single calendar year.

As the Official Charts Company confirm, Sheeran’s ‘X’ is the first record to shift a million units in the UK since Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ in 2012. Previously, Adele achieved the same feat in 2011 (with both ’21’ and ’19’), while the likes of Take That, Susan Boyle, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Kings Of Leon and Michael Buble have all sold one million copies in a year over the past few years.

With Christmas approaching, Sheeran’s album is expected to reach quadruple platinum status (1.2 million sales) before the end of 2014.


“What an incredible year for Ed Sheeran – having the best-selling and longest-running No.1 album of 2014 so far, two Number One singles, and now ‘X’ hitting the million album sales mark in the space of just a few months,” the Official Charts Company’s Chief Executive Martin Talbot said. “2014 has well and truly belonged to the Suffolk lad.”

Sheeran told the Official Charts Company that he was “fuckin’ buzzin’!” after hearing the news.

See a list of the most recent albums to sell one million copies in a year below.

Ed Sheeran – ‘X’ (2014)
Emeli Sandé – ‘Our Version Of Events’ (2012)
Adele – ’21’ (2011)
Adele – ’19’ (2011)
Michael Bublé – ‘Christmas’ (2011)
Bruno Mars – ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans’ (2010)
Take That – ‘Progress’ (2010)
Michael Bublé – ‘Crazy Love’ (2010)
Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’ (2010)
Susan Boyle – ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ (2009)
Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’ (2009)
Michael Bublé – Crazy Love (2009)
Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D (2009)
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night (2009)

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran recently performed live with footballer Wayne Rooney. The two sang an impromptu version of Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’ in a Manchester pub after one of the singer’s two sold-out shows at the city’s Phones 4u Arena.

Pub landlord Mike Christodoulou told The Sun: “Ed pulled out his guitar and him and Wayne had a little sing-song — it was good vibes all round.”