Ed Sheeran Is One Step Closer to Catching Up With Taylor Swift's Career
By Sophie Schillaci
Daniel Swartz / Revamp.com
Ed Sheeran is definitely closing out 2015 on a high note.
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter seems to be one step closer to achieving his goal of "catching up" to Taylor Swift's career, as his massive sophomore album x (pronounced “multiply”) has officially gone multi-platinum.
For each platinum certification, an album must sell at least one million copies. Since its 2014 release, x has now achieved double-platinum status with sales of two million.
It's one of only four albums to go multi-platinum since 2014, including -- you guessed it -- Swift's 1989. Interestingly, the other two albums to make the cut come from Sheeran's fellow UK natives: Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and Adele's 25.
"At the moment, Taylor is a benchmark in America and a lot of other countries," Sheeran said earlier this year. "In America, I want to catch up with her."
After wrapping his 179-show x tour earlier this month, Sheeran has said he'll be taking a break from music and from social media to "travel the world and see everything I missed." He'll also have plenty to celebrate as he heads into 2016, as Sheeran was dubbed the most talked about entertainer of the year on Facebook and the most streamed artist of all time on Spotify.
No word on when Sheeran will gift us all with some new tunes, but in the meantime he'll vie for Record of the Year and Song of the Year with "Thinking Out Loud" at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15. Also nominated in both those categories -- Swift's "Blank Space."
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