Ed Sheeran rockets to top of US album chart

Ed Sheeran visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Rob Kim, Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Rob Kim, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/02 6:26 pm

Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.S. No. 1 album with the fourth biggest sales week of the year.

The British singer/songwriter's "x" has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with 210,000 sales. Only Coldplay, Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert have landed bigger first weeks in 2014.

Sheeran also claims the largest sales week for a British male artist in almost a decade -- Rod Stewart's "Stardust... The Great American Songbook Vol. III" debuted at No. 1 with 240,000 sales in October 2004.

Sam Smith makes it a one-two for the Brits at the top of the countdown -- his debut "In the Lonely Hour" stays put at No. 2 for a second week, while rapper G-Eazy enters the chart at No. 3 with "These Things Happen."

Last week's No. 1, Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence," and the "Frozen" soundtrack round out the new top five.

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