Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has become hugely successful thanks to his albums + and x, and is one of the biggest names in music right now. He’s soon to release his third album ÷ and it’s sure to be a huge seller. In the mean time, let’s have a look at 8 of the most impressive records Ed Sheeran has smashed.
First artist ever to enter the UK singles chart at numbers one and two with new singles
Earlier this year he released ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ as the first two singles from his upcoming third album ÷. ‘Shape of You’ has so far remained at number one for seven consecutive weeks, while ‘Castle on the Hill’ spent an impressive five weeks at number two.
2. Most first-day streams on Spotify
The previous record for most first-day streams on Spotify was held by One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’, which notched up 4,759,698 plays on 31 July 2015. Ed smashed this record twice in the same day when he released ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’, the former logging 6,868,642 streams and the latter 6,168,395 streams.
3. First artist to have two songs debut inside the US Top 10
Ed broke another record with his new releases earlier in 2017 when ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ both debuted inside the US Top 10, the former debuting at number one and the latter at number six.
4. Longest climb to the top spot
‘Thinking Out Loud’ spent a total of 19 weeks in the UK Top 40 before finally reaching the top spot.
5. First single to spend a year in the UK Top 40
‘Thinking Out Loud’ would go on to smash another record by becoming the first single to spend a full year in the UK Top 40.
6. First song to be streamed over half a billion times on Spotify
If that’s not enough, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ would go on to break another record, this time for being the first song to log 500,000,000 streams on Spotify, which it did in October 2015.
7. Longest time an album has spent in the UK Top 10
Ed’s second studio album x spent a total of 74 consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10, smashing a record previously set by Adele’s 21.
8. First album to be certified diamond in Australia
x sold over 500,000 copies in Australia and was the first album to be certified diamond there.