Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’ Tops U.S. Album Chart

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has conquered the U.S. album chart with his first Stateside No. 1 collection, his sophomore album “x.”

Sheeran’s Atlantic set captured the pinnacle with opening-week sales of 209,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 29. Off to the fourth-best start of the year to date, the release quintupled the first-week U.S. tally of his 2011 bow “+,” which initially shifted 42,000 and peaked at No. 5. Both of Sheeran’s albums have reached No. 1 in the U.K.

In a now-infrequent 1-2 triumph for Blighty, Sheeran’s countryman Sam Smith held onto the No. 2 post for a second consecutive week, as the soul-pop singer’s “In the Lonely Hour” (Capitol) moved 67,000 (down 60%).

Three other titles made more modest top-10 debuts last week. East Bay rapper G-Eazy (né Gerald Earl Gillum) logged in at No. 3 with his third full-length album “These Things Happen” (Blueprint), which moved 48,000. It’s the performer’s first charting release; he has been active in the studio since 2007.

Metal act Mastodon logged its best chart position ever, as the Georgia quartet’s “Once More ‘Round the Sun” (Reprise) bowed at No. 6, shifting 34,000. It’s the group’s fifth studio collection; the previous, 2011’s “The Hunter,” signed in at No. 10.

Veteran jam band Phish notched a No. 7 debut with its 16th studio effort “Fuego” (Jemp), ringing up 32,000 units in its first frame. The prolific Vermont act was last seen in the top 10 with “The Story of the Ghost,” which reached No. 8 in 1998; 2009’s “Joy” peaked at No. 13.

The stanza’s other top 10 holdovers included Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” (No. 4, 44,000 sold, off 76%), the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 5, 38,000, down 11%), Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” (No. 8, 29,000, off 15%), Linkin Park’s “The Hunting Party” (No. 9, 29,000, down 74%) and the “Now 50” compilation (No. 10, 22,000, off 15%).

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