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Sheeran tops iTunes 2014 album list

Ed Sheeran has continued his astonishing run of success by topping the best-selling album list for iTunes in the UK - while Pharrell Williams's Happy is the biggest-selling song.

Sheeran, who picked up three Grammy nominations last week, was top-seller for his second album x and said he was "absolutely buzzing" at hearing the news today.

Last week the 23-year-old's album was also named as the world's most-played album of 2014 by streaming service Spotify.

The end-of-year lists compiled by iTunes rank In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith in second position for UK album sales.

Smith - who was shortlisted for six Grammys - is also named artist of the year by the download service, to crown his year of success. He said: "It's an honour to be named artist of the year. I'm very, very thankful and owe so much to iTunes for their incredible support with In The Lonely Hour."

British act Clean Bandit were runners-up in the best-selling song list for their track Rather Be, which features vocalist Jess Glynne. The song was ranked the year's best song by iTunes.

The best-selling movie for the year on iTunes was Disney hit Frozen, while the biggest-selling TV show was the fourth series of Game Of Thrones.

:: Best-selling albums:

1. x - Ed Sheeran

2. In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

3. Frozen - Various Artists

4. Ghost Stories - Coldplay

5. Caustic Love - Paolo Nutini

6. Now That's What I Call Music! 88 - Various Artists

7. Now That's What I Call Music! 87 - Various Artists

8. Wanted On Voyage - George Ezra

9. If You Wait - London Grammar

10. AM - Arctic Monkeys

:: Best-selling songs:

1. Happy - Pharrell Williams

2. Rather Be - Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

3. All Of Me - John Legend

4. Waves - Mr. Probz

5. Ghost - Ella Henderson

6. Timber - Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

7. Stay With Me - Sam Smith

8. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

9. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

10. Let It Go - Idina Menzel

Picks of the year by iTunes staff:

:: Best artist - Sam Smith

:: Best album - Caustic Love, Paolo Nutini

:: Best song - Rather Be, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

:: Best new artist - Royal Blood

Also topping the sales charts are:

:: Best-selling movie - Frozen

:: Best-selling TV show - Game Of Thrones (series 4)

:: Best-selling book (fiction) - The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

:: Best-selling book (non-fiction) - 12 Years A Slave - Solomon Northup

:: Top free book - The Woods - Harlan Coben

:: Top podcast - BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs


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