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Britons fill Top 10 for album sales with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Olly Murs and Pink Floyd flying high

By Anthony Barnes

UK acts, led by Ed Sheeran, have filled the entire Top 10 of best-selling artist albums over the past 12 months for the first time, according to new figures.

Brit stars - who also include Sam Smith, Olly Murs and Pink Floyd - have squeezed out US stars from the top-seller list as music sales topped the £1 billion level for a second consecutive year.

Sheeran's album x achieved a total of 1.7m sales, the biggest one-year total since Adele's 21 in 2011, while Smith's In The Lonely Hour clocked up 1.25m. In 2013 there were no artists who broke the 1m barrier.

Figures for 2014 released by music trade body BPI also showed that, for the first time, physical albums accounted for fewer than half of all albums bought - 49%.

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