Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

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Ed Sheeran performs on The Pyramid Stage on Day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).

Sheeran’s sophomore album has overhauled Paolo Nutini’s three-week reign in April with “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music). “X” sold 40,000 units last week, according to the Official Charts Company, for a running total of 367,000.

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In doing so, it kept Morrissey’s tenth solo album “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” (Harvest/Virgin/Universal) to a No. 2 entry.

“Blue Smoke – The Best Of Dolly Parton” (Sony Masterworks) is spending another week in the top three, holding at No. 3. Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) and George Ezra’s “Wanted On Voyage” (Columbia/Sony) were also unchanged at Nos. 4 and 5. Nutini’s album rose 9-6.

There was a new entry at No. 7 for the self-titled debut album for XL Recordings by London collective Jungle, as Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) rebounded 20-10. Judas Priest’s 17th studio album “Redeemer of Souls” (Columbia/Sony) arrived at No. 12, and Rise Against’s “The Black Market” (Interscope/Universal) at No. 13. “Yes” (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Jason Mraz opened at No. 18, while on the compilation chart, the “Frozen” soundtrack (Walt Disney/Universal) returned to the summit, 2-1.

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Rixton, whose frontman Jake Roche is the son of entertainers Shane Richie and Coleen Nolan, unseated “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), by will.i.am featuring Cody Wise, from the singles peak. That fell to No. 3, as its predecessor at No. 1, “Problem” (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, held in the runner-up spot.

Nicole Scherzinger recorded a No. 6 entry for her latest hit “Your Love” (RCA/Sony), with rising British star Ella Eyre new at No. 16 with “If I Go” (Virgin/Universal). 


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