The biggest-selling artist albums of 2014 in the UK so far has been revealed by Official Charts Company and top of the pile is… Ed Sheeran’s X. Sheeran has overtaken Coldplay’s Ghost Stories as the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far, the acclaimed album has now been certified 2x Platinum by the BPI. Hmmm ok, so things are looking pretty wet so far then?
Well Sam Smith, who was tipped for success from the outset as the winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice award and BBC Sound Of 2014 poll, takes second place with his debut album In The Lonely Hour. Although Smith looks a little like a ventriloquist dummy come-to-life, as CMU so aptly put it, the man’s got some good tunes under his belt. He has a talent for writing original songs that feel strangely classic and familiar, kind of like of a modern-day Bill Withers.
The list is littered with other such artists that appeal to both mainstream music and some indie lovers alike; including Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini and Bastille. It also highlights the popularity of British music so far in 2014, with 90% of the Top 10 best sellers of the year being UK acts, and only one international act, Pharrell Williams, making the cut. For me, the best two albums on there are Arctic Monkey’s AM and London Grammar’s If You Wait. Great to see two albums released in 2013 still doing so well. See the full list below, but don’t necessarily rule out this list changing by the end of the year. George Ezra, for example, was new at Number 15 with Wanted On Voyage and during the Q3 period, which runs from July to end of September, his record is the third best-seller behind Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. Ghost Stories – Coldplay
4. Caustic Love – Paolo Nutini
5. A Perfect Contradiction – Paloma Faith
6. Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
7. GIRL – Pharrell Williams
8. If You Wait – London Grammar
9. AM – Arctic Monkeys
10. Bad Blood – Bastille