Sheeran 'buzzing' as record-breaking Divide dominates album and singles charts

When it comes to the chart, for every 1,000 streams of an album that counts as one physical sale. Not only did he shoot straight to the top of the charts, he's also broken countless records in the process.

The singer's third record, released last Friday, shot to the top of the charts with a staggering 672,000 sales and streams in its opening week - more than the rest of the Official Charts Company's top 500 albums combined. 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).

Whether it is due to the copying, misogynistic undertones, or just outright bad music, many people on Twitter agreed with Pitchfork:This is why I love @pitchfork - writers that nail those vague sentiments which you can't articulate. Both of those sit in the Official Albums Chart Top 5 today at 4 and 5 respectively. As well as CDs, the album was released on vinyl.

"Barcelona" (#12), "Nancy Mulligan" (#13), "Eraser" (#14), "Hearts Don't Break Around Here" (#15), "Bibia Be Ye Ye" (#18) and "Save Myself" (#19) also debut. The entire top 5 is composed of other songs by Sheeran, and all 16 songs from the album appear in the top 20.

And he is 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, ideal at four, and New Man in at five.

He became the first artist to ever have every single track from an album enter the Top 20. He has scored 10 top 10 singles, taking into account his nine songs this week, and 'How Would You Feel (Paean)' which was recently in the top 10.

Due to streaming figures being taken into consideration in the charts, Sheeran occupies the top six spots of the Singles Chart this week, as well as nine out of the top ten places and 16 of the top 20. We're guilty of streaming his album all week - don't forget to read our review of it here.

  • Zachary Reyes


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