Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Ed Sheeran adds African flavour to new album

Ed Sheeran adds African flavour to new album

The long-player debuted at No.1 on this week's UK Official Albums Chart and has become the Fastest-selling pop album in the UK by a male artist of all time. His album's lead single "Shape Of You" is at number one, with "Galway Girl" at number two and "Castle On The Hill" third.

The long-awaited project debuted at No. 1 this week, racking in a notable 451,000 equivalent album units, 322,000 of which were in traditional album sales. 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.

Before 'Divide' came along, the Scottish DJ held the record for 'Most songs in the UK Top 10 from one album', which has now been obliterated by Sheeran in just one week. "I don't know if something has gone wrong, but I'm definitely very happy about it".

Ed Sheeran is dividing and conquering all the charts.

Sheeran also has number one singles and albums in the US.

His new album, the irritatingly titled ÷, now bestrides the charts like a colossus in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and all over Europe. In six short years, Ed has become a superstar by simply being himself - an incredible, down-to-earth human being who is an out-of-this-world musician, songwriter, and performer. "I never expected to have nine songs in the top ten ever in my life". It also makes the musician the third fastest-seller of all-time, behind Adele's "25" (800,000) and Oasis" "Be Here Now' (696,000).

Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, The Chainsmokers' "Closer", which spent 12 weeks at No. 1, adds a historic honor, tying the record for the most weeks logged in the top 10: 32 (all from its debut at No. 9 on August 20, 2016).

Since the album's debut at the top spot last Friday, the singer-songwriter has tallied a further 158,000 sales across physical, digital and streaming. Its impact on the Billboard Hot 100. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase now through Thursday, March 16 at 10 PM (all times local); supplies are limited.

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