‘SHIVERS’ REPLACES ‘BAD HABITS’ AS UK NUMBER 1
MAKING IT A 12TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS FOR ED
& HE ANNOUNCES THE FIRST LEG OF HIS ‘+ – = ÷ x’ TOUR
This is the first time Ed has ever replaced his own solo record at #1. And makes it his 12th consecutive week at the top of the charts.
It also comes in the same week that the OCC announced Ed is the first British solo artist to claim a full year – 52 weeks – at number 1 on the official singles chart. Read full article here
‘Bad Habits’ rolls on as a global smash. This week It has ticked over 1M UK Sales and finished the week at #3 in the UK Charts despite going into DCL-3, selling 35.6K in its 12th week.
‘Shivers’ is off to a flyer at airplay, charting at #2 for the week. It remains on 1 A-List, Radio 2 A-List, Capital S List & Bauer Hits Radio A-List.
At UK DPS, ‘Shivers’ is up to #2 on Spotify UK, #3 Apple Music, #8 Amazon. It is also sitting at #2 on iTunes and #3 on Shazam.
The official video racked up 19.3M views in its first week and remains at #3 in Trending today.
Ed performed ‘Shivers’ at the VMA’s last Sunday. Watch the performance on Ed’s YT here
This morning Ed announced the first leg of his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ (pronounced ‘The Mathematics Tour’). Check out the dates here
PRE-ORDER HIS NEW ALBUM
CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE ON 29th OCTOBER THROUGH ASYLUM RECORDS
PRESS PHOTO CREDIT: DAN MARTENSEN
Ed Sheeran has announced details of his new album ‘=’ (Equals), confirmed for release on 29th October through Asylum Records (pre-order).
‘=’ – the fourth instalment in Sheeran’s symbol album series – is Ed’s most accomplished work yet; the evolution of an artist who continues to tread new ground. A body of tracks that were made over a four-year period following his seminal ‘÷’ (Divide) album era, thematically, ‘=’ finds Ed taking stock of his life and the people in it as he explores the varying degrees of love (‘The Joker And The Queen’, ‘First Times’, ‘2step’), loss (‘Visiting Hours’), resilience (‘Can’t Stop The Rain’) and fatherhood (‘Sandman’, ‘Leave Your Life’), while also processing his reality and career (‘Tides’). Sonically, ‘=’ encapsulates Ed’s versatile musical palette, spanning signature, guitar-led tracks and world-class balladry to weightier, euphoric production moments, as first showcased on this summer’s emphatic comeback track, ‘Bad Habits’.
Ed Sheeran commented – “= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
‘=’ Official Tracklisting
3. First Times
4. Bad Habits
5. Overpass Graffiti
6. The Joker And The Queen
7. Leave Your Life
10. Stop The Rain
11. Love In Slow Motion
12. Visiting Hours
14. Be Right Now
About Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is an era-defining artist. Through his fusion of thought-provoking songwriting, universal pop and multi-genre influence, his rich tapestry is not only perfectly suited to his audience but it’s something that transcends generations.
Since surfacing on the UK circuit in 2010 with his ‘No.5 Collaborations Project’ – an eight-track EP featuring his favourite grime artists of the time – the Suffolk-raised recording artist has resonated with fans across the world through his peerless songcraft and versatility. And now, with four UK No.1 albums to his name – ‘+’ (2011), ‘x’ (2014), ‘÷’ (2017) and ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ (2019) – he has sold over 45 million albums and 150 million singles across the world.
Most notably, Ed’s 2017 blockbuster release, ‘÷’ (Divide), saw Ed reign supreme as one of the most in-demand pop stars on the planet – a feat he has continued to sustain ever since. Crowned as the fastest-selling album, ever, by a male artist in the UK, the chart-shattering album housed a swarm of singles including ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Shape of You’, with the latter becoming Spotify’s most-streamed song of all time.
But it’s not just his recorded music that’s seen the former Glastonbury headliner become one of the sought-after artists of the 21st century either. Possessing a mystical ability to turn 90,000 capacity venues into the pub back-rooms that he first started playing in, Ed made history in 2015 after becoming the first-ever artist to play Wembley Stadium solo – without a band and with just his guitar and loop pedal – over three, consecutive sold out nights. Move forward to the summer of 2019 and Ed would re-enter history books after the completion of his mammoth two-year Divide tour, officially becoming the most-attended tour of all time after it culminated with special homecoming shows in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Ed Sheeran – who was awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity in 2017 – is the proud recipient of 1 x IFPI Award (best-selling global artist of 2017); 4 x Grammys; 4 x Ivor Novello’s; 6 x BRIT Awards (including two consecutive wins for ‘Global Success’ in 2018 and 2019); 7 x Billboard Awards + more.
At the end of 2019, Sheeran was presented with the Official Chart Company’s first-ever ‘No.1 Artist of the Decade’ award following a host of accomplishments in his native UK including the most No.1’s across the UK’s Official Singles and Albums chart from the years 2010-2019.