Just go ahead and call 2017 the year of Ed Sheeran, as the 26-year-old has only gone and set a new chart record.
His third album Divide, which was released in March, has returned to the number one spot for the seventh time for the final chart of 2017 – and that makes a new record for the most spells at number one by a male solo album.
The previous record was held by Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, which had six stints at number one, eight weeks in total, back in 2015.
Ed also continues his reign over in the Official Singles Chart with Perfect – a duet with Beyonce – claiming its fourth week at the top, and also being named the final chart-topping single of 2017.
Last week the song claimed the title of 2017’s official Christmas number one.
It’s been one heck of a year for Ed, who was awarded an MBE and appeared in an episode of Game Of Thrones.
In the first week of Divide’s release, he also broke an incredible SEVEN records on the official album and singles charts.
The album became the fastest-selling album by a male artist ever, and it took the highest opening week album sales in Official Charts history ever for a male artist, as well as breaking streaming record and vinyl album sales records.
And he became the first musician to ever take control of the entire Top 5 singles chart with Shape Of You sitting at number one, Galway Girl at two, Castle On The Hill at three, Perfect at four, and New Man in at five.
Oh, and he was named Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2017 with 6.3 billion streams, he collaborated for the second time with Taylor Swift, the first time with Eminem – and he casually revealed he had written a James Bond theme song just in case he was asked.
Ed, here’s to 2018.
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