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British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran scores first No. 1 album on US Billboard chart

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:05 AM
 
Singer Ed Sheeran arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California in this Jan 26, 2014, file photo. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran scored his first top album on the weekly US Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday as "x" easily lapped the competition selling 210,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran scored his first top album on the weekly US Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday as "x" easily lapped the competition selling 210,000 copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

"x" is the 23-year-old's second album and sales have been helped by the success of the single Sing, which was produced by Pharrell Williams and features the Happy singer as well.

The No. 2 album this week, In the Lonely Hour from fellow British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, sold 67,000 copies.

The last time two British solo artists were No. 1 and 2 on the US album chart was in 1993, when albums by Eric Clapton and Sting were in the top spots, Billboard said.

 
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