Ed Sheeran truly is King of the charts. The Official Charts Company has crowned Ed as UK’s official number one artist of the entire decade. But it is any surprise?
Today, Ed receives the Official Chart Record Breaker Award. This comes after celebrating not only the most number 1s across the Official Singles and Albums Chart between 2010-2019 (12 Number 1s). But also, the most weeks at Number 1 across the Official Singles and Albums Chart between 2010-2019 (79 weeks).
His song ‘Shape Of You’ is also the song of the decade. The top hit has a total of 4.3m “combined sales”. This figure is drawn from a combination of both streams and downloads. ‘Shape Of You’ also spent 14 weeks at Number 1 in 2017.
Ed is the third artist to receive the Official Record Breaker award, given to him by the Official Charts Company. The Official Charts Company compile the UK’s Official Chart. This is heard exclusively on both BBC Radio 1 and MTV.
No other artist has maintained a position in the Top 40 singles chart longer than Sheeran’s combined 572 weeks across the decade.
Previous winners include Justin Bieber. Bieber was the first act in history to hold all top 3 positions in the Official Singles Chart simultaneously. Another previous winner is Sir Paul McCartney, the recipient of the UK’s biggest albums act of all time (22 Number 1s across his career).
In the last few days, Ed has also surpassed 1,000 weeks in the Top 75 (1002 weeks). The only other artists in history to have reached this milestone are Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and Rihanna. Elvis achieved his 1,000 weeks in approximately 20 years. Cliff Richard did it in 30 years. While Rihanna reached it across 11 years.
Ed has reached this incredible milestone in just 8 and a half years.
This news comes as no surprise. It is clear to anyone who has ever listened to the radio that Ed Sheeran dominated the charts over the past decade. Ed’s debut album, ‘+’ came out in 2011 and thus began his chart success.
He had actually released a total of 9 EPs before signing to his current label, Atlantic Records in January 2011. His first EP ‘The Orange Room’ was independently released in 2005.
We are sure that Ed Sheeran will continue to break records throughout his career. He most definitely will not be stopping here!