There’s no stopping the phenomenon that is Ed Sheeran.
The singer-songwriter has utterly dominated both the singles and albums charts, breaking several records and – believe it or not – taking 16 positions in the top 20 singles of the week.
That’s right… every single song – 16 of them – from his new album ÷ made the top 20!
This is a first in chart history – no artist has come close to achieving it before.
The top five of the UK singles chart are all Sheeran in a ruthless clean sweep. ‘Shape of You’ is at number one, followed by ‘Galway Girl’, ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘New Man’. This is, you guessed it, also another chart first.
Another record? Sheeran has become the artist with the most top ten singles from one album. Not only does he hold nine of the top ten this week, but ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ (which is number 11) previously charted inside the top ten – which means ÷ has a total of ten top ten singles.
The dominance doesn’t stop there.
In the UK albums chart, ÷ is top after shifting 672,000 copies, the fastest-selling by a male solo artist ever and the third fastest-selling overall in the first seven days – beaten only by Adele’s 25 (800,000) and Oasis’s Be Here Now (696,000).
In fact, Sheeran’s album has sold more than the rest of the top 500 combined.
“Wow, what a phenomenal week!” the singer said. “To every person who’s bought the album, thank you. I’m buzzing!”
Sheeran’s previous albums x and + are fourth and fifth respectively in this week’s albums chart.
Rag’n’Bone Man is second with Human, while Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer is third.