New album heading to No.1 in the UK album charts
michael baggs
10:26 23rd June 2014

Ed Sheeran releases his new album, x, this week - and is all but guaranteed a No.1. Listen to x in full below.

The album is the singer/songwriter's second full-length release, and contains Sheeran's first ever UK No.1 single, the Pharrell-produced 'Sing', which topped the charts when it was released in April 2014. The album is set to follow suit, having jumped to the top of the iTunes chart within hours of going on release, knocking Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence from the top spot.

Listen to x in full below

Speaking previously of the progression from debut + to x, Sheeran told Digital Spy earlier this month: "I took more time putting x together. I really tried to perfect it, whereas + was just an of the moment thing.

"There was a lot of hype around me at that time in terms of building fan base and radio, and I was releasing stuff so often that the album just followed in quick succession. There wasn't a big lead up to it or pressure to work with big people and create a monster hit - it was just release an album."