It's safe to say that 2014 was the year of Ed Sheeran in his home country. For the 12th, non-consecutive week, the "Thinking Out Loud" singer's new album x has topped the charts in the U.K. and it's made a new sales landmark in the process.
Sheeran's x was the No. 1 album in the U.K., according to The Official Charts Company. Thanks to Christmas and Boxing Day, Sheeran topped the charts in a big way, with x selling 211,000 copies. That's his second-biggest sales week of the year, following the release of x in June.
The new big sales for x mark a major sales landmark for Sheeran; the album is now six times platinum in the U.K. Sheeran made the announcement on his Twitter, noting that the six times multiplier in the U.K. means that album has sold 1.8 million copies thus far this year, and he noted that it was a Christmas miracle for him.
"multiply is now 6x platinum in the uk, which has matched my first album, which I didn't think I could do. God bless Christmas," Sheeran tweeted.
Sheeran isn't the only big seller in the U.K., nor is he the only million-plus selling artist. Sam Smith's strong debut album In The Lonely Hour clocked in at No. 2 on the U.K. album chart this week. Earlier this month, it was announced that Smith was the lone artist to sell one million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S., and he's continuing to bring that success into this week.
Elsewhere on the U.K. charts, One Direction's latest album FOUR arrived at No. 6, followed by Taylor Swift's 1989 at No. 7.
Check out the full top 10 below:
01. Ed Sheeran, x
02. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
03. Olly Murs, Never Been Better
04. George Ezra, Wanted on Voyage
05. Take That, III
06. One Direction, FOUR
07. Taylor Swift, 1989
08. Ella Henderson, Chapter One
09. Paloma Faith, A Perfect Contradiction
10. Michael Buble, Christmas