Ed Sheeran has been dominating the Singles Chart this week with his newly released album Divide. The singer, who released his first debut album back in 2011, has been number 1 for 10 weeks with his upbeat track ‘Shape Of You’.
Sheeran’s Shape Of You has been No. 1 for ten weeks! In the past year alone the UK has seen Closer by the Chainsmokers also at No. 1 for nine weeks, 7 Years by Lukas Graham spent eight weeks at No. 1 and Drake’s One Dance and Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself all spent seven weeks on top. The song also sits alongside Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.
Sheeran is now only six weeks out from beating the iconic 1991 Bryan Adams hit ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You)’, which holds the record for the longest consecutive period at number one, ranking at 16 weeks!
Galway Girl – released officially as a single on Friday (March 17) currently occupies the No.2 spot and alongside this great achievements, Sheeran has now sold more than 1 million copies of the new album within 16 days, becoming the fastest-selling album ever released by a male artist in the UK, and the biggest selling album of 2017, shifting around 432,000 units in its first three days of release.
All 16 tracks from the album are sitting in this week’s UK top 40 chart, something that has never happened before despite some of the records not being released as singles. In total five of these tracks have reached the UK top 10, a record that has only been previously set by The Beatles back in 1964!
No album has beaten released in 2016 sold as many copies as ‘Divide’ with Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s Together the biggest-selling release of last year selling 511,699 copies and Adele’s 25, selling 753,194 copies which was originally released in 2015.
The reason for Sheeran’s chart success has said to be because of the increase in streaming. Originally streaming had its own chart but in recent years the singles chart has included streaming from subscription-based sites Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play, as well as legal downloads from iTunes.
Sheeran is one of the most streamed artists since the technology began; on Spotify alone he was streamed 450 million times globally since Divide was released on March 3.
To add to his success, Sheeran’s X album, released in 2014, passed the 3 million sales mark, prompted by a surge in the light of Divide’s new release.