Ed Sheeran dominates charts with fastest-selling album by a male artist ever

Emma Powell
Smashing records: Ed Sheeran celebrates topping the singles charts with Shape Of You: Official Charts Company/PA

Ed Sheeran has dominated this week’s charts with his new album ÷ (Divide), which has become the fastest-selling album by a male artist ever.

The highly anticipated third album sold 672,000 copies this week, giving Sheeran the highest opening week album sales in Official Chart history for a male artist, and the third fastest-seller ever.

Only Adele’s latest album 25 (800,000) and Oasis’ Be Here Now (696,000) shifted more copies during their first seven days of release.

The album sold more than the rest of the Official Albums Chart Top 500 combined this week, smashing the record for the fastest-selling album of 2016 which was David Bowie’s Blackstar (146,000).

Record holder: Ed Sheeran performing with Stormzy at the BRIT Awards last month (Dave Benett)

The singer-songwriter – who is rumoured to be headlining Glastonbury Festival later this year – has scored the chart double with Shape Of You topping the Official Singles Chart.

His new songs Galway Girl, Castle On The Hill, Perfect and New Man are dominating the entire Top 5 – a first for an artist ever.

He has also become the first artist to have every song from his album – 16 – feature inside the Top 20 and has smashed Calvin Harris’ record to land the most Top 10 singles from one album.

Sheeran said the news had left him “buzzing”.

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com he said: “Wow! What a phenomenal week. To every person who’s bought the album – thank you. I’m buzzing!”

The news comes hours after it was revealed the singer ‘nearly broke’ music streaming service Spotify this week as his album racked up 283 million streams to take the title of the highest first-week streaming sales for an album ever.

If that wasn't enough, he also scored the biggest one-week vinyl album sale in more than 20 years.

Ben Cook, President, Atlantic Records UK said: “Ed is truly one of a kind and ÷ is an incredible musical statement that only he could make; it’s passionate and contemporary, whilst being distinct and timeless.

“In the six years since we signed him nothing with Ed has been accidental – he’s constantly raised the bar, challenging us to match his drive and musical output at every step: ÷ is no different.

“It’s his best record to date and together we’ve innovated to create this historic, cultural moment. Ed has proven himself to be a rare modern day artist whose career continues to grow stratospherically and his music will resonate across generations for years to come. What a lad!”

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