Ed Sheeran closed out 2017 as the top-selling artist in multiple countries including Australia and Canada, per ARIA Chart data released on Jan. 5 and Nielsen Music year-end reports which were released on Jan. 4. Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated third studio album, ÷ (Divide), ruled ARIA’s 2017 End of the Year Albums Chart, topping the Australian Albums Chart for 22 weeks throughout the year and maintaining Top 10 status for the entire 43-week period following its release. Nielsen reportedly named Sheeran as the top artist in Canada (in overall consumption) and Divide as the top-selling album.
Furthermore, Divide’s catchy, Grammy-nominated lead single “Shape of You” spent 16 weeks in the top spot on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 Chart and stayed in the Top 20 for 50 weeks. “Shape” also earned Australia’s No. 1 spot in the 2017 singles ranking and Sheeran impressively snagged four of the Top 10 singles spots with “Castle on the Hill” at No. 3, “Perfect” at No. 4, and “Galway Girl” at No. 7.
Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber’s smash hit “Despacito” held Sheeran off from claiming all four of the Top 4 ARIA singles positions by landing at No. 2 in the ranking. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s critically-acclaimed collaboration “Something Just Like This” rounded out the Top 5 singles by claiming the No. 5 spot on the list.
Sheeran notably set a UK Albums Chart record with Divide and the album was also the Top Album of 2017 in the U.S. Overall, the British native singer-songwriter achieved multiple sales and chart milestones with Divide throughout the year including being the fastest-selling record by a male artist in the UK and having all 16 tracks hold the Top 16 positions on the Irish Singles Chart. Sheeran's "Perfect” duet with Beyoncé is currently at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its fourth week and he notably leads Billboard’s Artist 100 ranking for a seventh total week.
Fans and critics alike are anxious to see how Sheeran fares at this year’s Grammy Awards. Divide is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and “Shape of You” is up for Best Pop Solo Performance. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer has maintained a mutual love affair with his Aussie fan base, having played multiple live shows there earlier this year and even breaking an Australian tour record. Ed Sheeran has a busy year ahead as he embarks on a 2018 stadium tour. Click here to purchase tickets from AXS.