Ed Sheeran's new album sets record

Ed Sheeran's new album sets record

Ed Sheeran's new album sets record

Sheeran's ÷ album sold 672,000 copies in the U.K in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a male artist there.

Sheeran did not release every song as an official single - only Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill have that privilege so far.

Looking across the pond, ÷ has landed straight in at Number 1 on America's Billboard 200 album chart with 451,000 equivalent album units sold. It additionally takes over at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 28 percent to 50.8 million US streams in the week ending March 9.

Previously, Harris held the distinction of having the most songs from the same album in the top ten slots on the Singles chart.

The other "Divide" songs on this week's chart include "Dive" (#49, new), "Galway Girl" (#53, new), "Happier" (#59, new), "New Man" (#72, new), "Supermarket Flowers" (#75, new), "What Do I Know?"

Listeners evidently can't get enough of ÷ but the music industry insiders are questioning how it is possible that Sheeran could dominate the top 20 in such an unprecedented way - and whether this streaming effect is actually damaging for the charts.

Going Down Under, ÷ debuted at Number 1 on Australia's ARIA album chart, marking his third chart-topper in the countr, while X and + also bounced back up to Numbers 3 and 4 respectively. In six short years, Ed has become a superstar by simply being himself - an fantastic, down-to-earth human being who is an out-of-this-world musician, songwriter, and performer.

As it stands, 150 plays of a song equals one sale.

This is Sheeran's second chart-topper in the USA, following his last full-length x, which began in first place in 2014. This is the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the Songs chart since Omi's "Cheerleader" spent nine at the top, in June 2015.

Just beyond the Hot 100's top 10, the chart's largest leap belongs to Lorde's "Green Light", which soars from No. 100 to No. 19 after its first full week of tracking (following its March 2 release).

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