Ed Sheeran Breaks Guinness World Records With 'Divide' Album
By Andrew Shuster
March 15, 2017
Ed Sheeran has broken several Guinness World Records with his latest album, ÷ (Divide), which was released earlier this month.
The British singer’s third studio album has become the fastest-selling pop album in the U.K. by a male artist after debuting at number one. Sheeran’s new record has also sold more copies in its first week than the rest of the U.K.’s Top 500 albums combined. Additionally, 16 of the U.K.’s Top 20 tracks belong to Sheeran, nabbing him the record for most simultaneous U.K. Top 20 singles.
The album’s first single, “Shape of You,” became the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours, hitting more than 6 million streams when it was released in early January. That number trumps the previous record held by One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”, which had 4.75 million streams in 2015. Sheeran also broke many global records, and became the first artist to debut two Top 10 singles simultaneously in both the U.K. and U.S.
These are just a few of Sheeran’s latest achievements, and his second album, x (Multiply), also broke a number of Guinness World Records when it was released in 2015. As Gossip Cop reported, Sheeran announced his 2017 Divide Tour on the “Today” show earlier this month, with the singer slated to perform in arenas around the U.S. between June and October.
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