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Ed Sheeran’s album X is 2014 best seller

PUBLISHED: 05:30 01 January 2015

Ed Sheeran performing on stage

Ed Sheeran performing on stage

Framlingham singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran had the best selling album of 2014, according to new figures from the British music industry.

Sheeran’s album x achieved a total of 1.7 million sales, the biggest one-year total since Adele’s 21 in 2011.

Figures for 2014 released by music trade body BPI showed that, for the first time, physical albums accounted for less than half of total album consumption throughout the year, with digital services accounting for 51%.

Digital growth has been led by the explosion of streaming which doubled in the past year, with revenue growing to £14.8 million in the UK, and amounting to 15 billion plays.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, said: “The remarkable success of British artists in 2014 is exciting news for the future. Our record labels are backing home-grown talent like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and George Ezra, who in turn are catching fire around the world.”

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