Original Album Sales – Comments
2011 + – 4,800,000
2014 x – 8,000,000
In a day and age where an album can be incredibly successful in Spain, Italy or the Netherlands without reaching 100,000 sales, where markets like Sweden and Finland moved almost completely into streaming, not buying records anymore, selling 8 million copies of an album is a miracle.
Huge in English-speaking countries with + album, Ed Sheeran stepped up thanks to x to become a worldwide phenomenon – although pure album sales figures do not always highlight it as already mentioned. The total of 12,8 million albums sold isn’t frozen as both sets keep going strong and are poised to register notable catalog sales in upcoming years.