Ed Sheeran’s newest LP is dominating the charts in the UK and the US, and 16 of the album’s songs are currently on the Australian’s singles chart.
Sheeran’s new album ÷ (Divide) owned this week’s UK’s album charts and filled 9 out of 10 spots on the singles chart. Sheeran’s album has also taken the number one spot in Australia, with the song Shape of You lasting nine successive weeks at the top of the ARIA singles chart, too.
Worldwide record breaking:
All 15 tracks of the album have ranked on Australia’s Top 40, which is the first time a living artist has had more than 14 singles in the Top 100 at the same time. As a matter of fact, the artist currently has 18 songs in the charts, fans couldn’t get enough of his music so they brought back songs from hi previous albums into the the bestsellers list.
Sheeran also has number one singles and albums in the US. With 451,000 total albums (322,000 of which came from traditional sales), he achieved the best sales week of 2017 so far for the album. This is more than double the opening week sales of his previous chart topping album, Multiply.
Sheeran is also topping the charts in Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.
Not everyone’s impressed:
However, music critics haven’t been as impressed with the album and have pointed out that the album isn’t actually very good. Harriet Gibsone wrote for the Guardian saying: “the album reeks of nostalgia and comfort, campfires, scented candles, spilt pints of Guinness and, for those not enthralled by his algorithmic song craft, the sharp stench of a salesman’s cheap cologne”.
The album was also awarded a lowly 2.8 score by Pitchfork. However, none of these negative reviews affected the singer and his album on their meteoric rise on the charts.