St Vincent, FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn, Future Islands… we all know this year’s most critically well-received albums to date. But what about the commercial successes? Meet 2014’s top 10 best-selling albums in the UK Chart so far.
This week, the Official Charts Company released details of the best-selling albums of the year so far. In at number 10 are Londoners Bastille, whose debut album 'Bad Blood' has been a huge success for Dan Smith and his band, despite being about as lifeless and personality-free as a Top Shop mannequin, as NME's Jamie Fullerton pointed out in his 5/10 review back in March.
Arctic Monkeys can add another accolade to their considerable number of successes in 2014... 'AM' is currently the ninth best-selling album of the year. Not bad going considering it actually came out in September 2013. That's the power of a triumphant festival season for you, boosting their sales well into 2014.
London Grammar's sleepy, sultry post-xx indie-pop on their debut album 'If You Wait' earned them the rank of 8th best-selling album of the year so far. The record won a 7/10 review in NME on its release all the way back in February, with Nick Levine hailing Hannah Reid and co's "classy combination of pop hooks and trip-hop beats."
After late 2013's ubiquitous 'Happy', Pharrell could have released an album of made up entirely of reverberating burps and yawns over whale noises and bagpipes and still smash 2014's top 10 best-sellers. As it happens, 'GIRL' was a chirpy 35-minute slice of urban pop more than worthy of its number seven ranking here.
Ellie Goulding's 'Halycon' was another huge smash, despite being mostly made up of "quirky-as-usual vocals lazily spliced into factory-standard chart dance" according to our reviewer Hayley Avron.
Jazzy pop crooner Paloma Faith's 'A Perfect Contradiction', her third studio album, claims fifth place in this list of 2014's UK best-sellers to date, shifting an impressive 342,000 copies since March.
Paolo Nutini’s 'Caustic Love' is at number 4 with 440,000 copies sold in the UK alone. 109,000 of those sales were in its first week, making it one of the year's fastest sellers too.
Coldplay's new found icy minimalism and experimental flourishes weren't enough scare off record buyers on their latest album 'Ghost Stories', racking up sales of more than 470,000. It led the best-sellers so far list at the half-way point of 2014, but has since slipped two places to number 3.
Bouyed by BBC Sound of poll and BRIT Critics' Choice award wins, Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith managed to shift 487,000 copies of his gentle, crooning debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' in the UK. He's proved a similar success in the US.
Which brings us to number 1. This year's best-selling album so far is, ladies and gentleman, acoustic trouabdour Ed Sheeran's second album 'X'. “I’m so happy people have been enjoying my album so much - great to hear that it’s still the biggest seller of the year and has now gone double Platinum too," he told the Official Charts Company.