ED SHEERAN'S "X" IS NO. 1 IN CANADA AGAIN –
1 YEAR AFTER ALBUM'S RELEASE
"X" - the sophomore album from Ed Sheeran - has returned to the No. 1 spot on Canada's Nielsen SoundScan Top Albums chart, where it debuted 52 weeks ago.
Since its release on June 23, 2014, the triple-platinum album has never left the top 20 on the Current Album Chart, spending nearly half the year in the top 5. “X” is the best-selling album in Canada so far in 2015.
Meanwhile, his debut album, "+," moved up 40 spots this week, rocketing to No. 24 on the Top Albums chart with a sales increase of 102%.
Sheeran had his wish come true over the weekend when he hosted the 2015 Much Music Video Awards to rave reviews. The Canadian Press said Ed "reminded viewers only familiar with his earnest, hip hop-inflected balladry that he possessed a robust sense of humour."
Making an unprecedented 4th consecutive appearance at the MMVAs, Sheeran also collected his first two awards – best international artist and most buzzworthy international artist. On top of that, he performed his latest single “Photograph” and massive hit song “Thinking Out Loud.” Those singles as well as the album’s first two – “Sing” and “Don’t” – have all been multi-format radio hits in Canada, collectively spending 17 weeks at No. 1.
Sheeran wrapped up a 10-date Canadian tour on Friday in Vancouver, a run that found some impromptu gestures earning international attention. At West Edmonton Mall, he jumped on stage to sing a duet with an unsuspecting young singer; in Saskatoon, he helped man give his girlfriend an unforgettable marriage proposal; and in Ottawa, he swapped charitable donations with a young fan.
But it wasn't just his off-stage actions that caught the attention of the media. Show after show, Canadian fans and the media alike were captivated with his one-man performance. The Montreal Gazette said: "There was no band, no toy box of instruments and little in the way of high-tech visual aids... Sheeran pulled it off with a mix of unfailing confidence and endearing humility."
The British singer-songwriter returns to Toronto for one more concert on September 20 – his third time performing at the venue in the span of a year.
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