Well, "X" escalated quickly.
The second studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has achieved mammoth success as the fastest-selling album of 2014 in the U.K. Pronounced "multiply," the record sold 180,000 copies in its first week. That figure trounces Coldplay's "Ghost Stories," this year's previous fastest-selling album, by 14,000 copies.
"X" is led by the swooning single "Sing," which was co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams. Pairing with the producing aficionado has seemed to work wonders for Sheeran. It's his first No. 1 single in the U.K. and currently sits at No. 13 on the Billboard singles chart. The track surged to the top of the iTunes chart alongside the album's release last week.
The redheaded star's successful swing continued this weekend. He delivered a nine-song set Sunday evening at England's renowned Glastonbury Festival. Following Dolly Parton, the 23-year-old delivered an hourlong performance that included new tracks from "X," his Grammy Award-nominated folk-pop tune "The A Team" as well as a cover of Nina Simone's "Be My Husband."
Sheeran will be stateside in August as he launches a North American tour. Unfortunately for Angelenos, he won't land in the City of Angels along the way. He also recently wrapped up two June shows at the Hollywood Bowl and iHeart Radio Theater.