X marks the spot for Sheeran in US charts
Musician Ed Sheeran has achieved his first US number one album and, along with his fellow Briton Sam Smith, has notched up a rare chart double for the Brits.
Sheeran (pictured inset) is at the top of the Billboard chart with second album X, while Smith has managed to hang on to the number two position for a second week running with his debut release, In The Lonely Hour.
It is the first time UK solo acts have taken the top two places in the US album chart for 21 years, with Eric Clapton's Unplugged and Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales the last to do so.
Sheeran topped the album chart in Britain on Sunday, with the UK's fastest seller of the year so far.
And this week music streaming service Spotify announced that X had scored the highest ever number of streams for an album in the UK in a single week, surpassing Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.
The last time two UK acts took the US top two was in October 2012 with Babel, by Mumford & Sons, and The 2nd Law, by Muse leading the pack, according to music trade magazine Billboard.
Sheeran and Smith's albums are also at numbers one and two in the UK.