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"X" Marks the Spot: Ed Sheeran's #1, Scores Biggest Debut for a Pop Album This Year

Image courtesy of Atlantic Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Atlantic Records (via ABC News Radio)

Ed Sheeran 's winning streak continues: after topping the charts in his native U.K. with his new album X ( multiply), the singer has now scored his first U.S. #1 album .

In addition to debuting at #1, Ed's album earns the title of biggest sales debut for a pop album this year: it moved 210,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The only albums this year that opened bigger were Coldplay 's Ghost Stories , and albums by country stars Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert .

In addition, Billboard reports that sales of X mark the biggest sales week for a British male artist in nearly 10 years.  The last time a British guy had an album that sold that many copies in its first week was back in October of 2004, when rock legend Rod Stewart 's album Stardust...The Great American Songbook Vol. III debuted with 240,000 copies sold.

"Had my first #1 album in America this week. Thanks for everyone supporting it, that's mental x," Ed tweeted .

Ed will perform in New York City Friday morning on NBC's Today show, and then in Philadelphia Friday evening for the Philly 4th of July Jam show, which will air on VH1 and Palladia. 

And the British invasion continues as Sam Smith 's debut, In the Lonely Hour, remains at #2 for a second week.  The last time two British solo artists held down the top two slots on the Billboard album chart was back in 1993, when Eric Clapton 's Unplugged and Sting 's Ten Summoner's Tales were #1 and #2, respectively.

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