Ed Sheeran has sold over a million copies of his latest album X in the U.K., making him the first artist to achieve that feat within a calendar year since Emeli Sande‘s Our Version of Events in 2012, according to trade body BPI and the Official Charts Company. Released in June, X spent a total of nine weeks atop the Official Albums Chart and has amassed sales of just over a million copies. BPI expects it to be 4x Platinum (1.2 million) by the end of the year, thanks to anticipated holiday sales.
Sheeran debut album +, released in September 2011, hit the million mark in 2012 and has sold over 1.8 million copies to date. Other artists that have sold a cool mil in recent years include Adele (21 and 19 in 2011), Take That (Progress in 2010) and Susan Boyle (I Dreamed a Dream in 2009).
“F–kin buzzing!” Sheeran said after adding another moment to his 2014 highlight reel, which also features X topping the Billboard 200 in July. BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo added that the album’s sales “confirms Ed Sheeran’s arrival as a global superstar. Ed is breaking chart records for fun at the moment, which should come as no surprise given his songs clearly connect with fans in such a profound way.”
The album’s second single, “Don’t,” currently sits at No. 10 on the Hot 100.