X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in July and topped charts in 13 other countries, including his native United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) scored two of the year's biggest hits in Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," which she co-wrote and was featured on, and her own breakthrough solo single, "Boom Clap." "They're both at the top table of songwriting globally," says Ben Cook, president of Atlantic Records U.K.
Year In Music 2014
Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices