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Ed Sheeran's 'X' Opens at No. 1 on Billboard 200

July 3, 2014 (2:47 am) GMT
Selling 210,000 copies in its first week, the album gives the British singer his best sales week and posts the largest debut for a pop album in 2014.
Ed Sheeran's 'X' Opens at No. 1 on Billboard 200

's latest album, "X" (pronounced "multiply"), has come out at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Nielsen SoundScan reports that the record, marking the British redhead's second studio effort, makes its debut at the chart's top spot after selling 210,000 copies.

The album gives Sheeran his best sales week so far. It also posts the largest debut for a pop album this year and the fourth highest overall behind 's "" (383,000), 's "" (288,000) and 's "" (211,000).

Additionally, "X" becomes Sheeran's first LP to land at No. 1 on the chart. Its predecessor, 2011's "", peaked at No. 5 with 42,000 sold in its first week.

Next on Billboard 200, 's "" keeps its position steady at No. 2 after selling additional 67,000 in its second week. At No. 3, rapper 's "" debuts with 46,000, his best sales week yet.

Falling from last week's top position, 's "" is at No. 4 with 44,000. Closing out the top 5 is the soundtrack of "" that sells another 38,000.

At No. 6, 's "" opens with 34,000 sold. That's the rock band's highest-charting album, but not their best sales week as their "" managed to sell 41,000 copies back in 2009.

becomes another rock act to land an album in Billboard 200's top 10. The band's "" arrives at No. 7 with 32,000. 's "" slips two rungs to No. 8 with 29,000. 's "" plunges from No. 3 to No. 9 with nearly 29,000 while the "Now 50" album jumps to No. 10 with 22,000.

  1. "X" - (210,000)
  2. "" - (67,000)
  3. "" - (46,000)
  4. "" - (44,000)
  5. "" Soundtrack - Various Artists (38,000)
  6. "" - (34,000)
  7. "" - (32,000)
  8. "" - (29,000)
  9. "" - (29,000)
  10. The "Now 50" Album - Various Artists (22,000)

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