Ed Sheeran earns new UK chart distinction with 'Divide'
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Ed Sheeran has notched a new UK chart distinction with his Grammy-winning third studio album ÷ (Divide). Per an Official Charts report, the album has sold over three million combined units, with 7,189 combined sales this week for a combined sales total of 3,004,684. This total represents 1,822,719 physical copies, 455,529 digital downloads, and 719,247 stream equivalent sales.

The impressive tally officially marks Divide as the 11th biggest album of the millennium, while Adele’s 21 tops the ranking with 5.08 million in combined sales to date. Sheeran, who recently snagged six Billboard Music Awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Song Sales Artist, has earned an extensive list of chart-busting accolades for his critically-acclaimed 2017 album release.

At year’s end, Divide set a record by hitting the No. 1 spot on the UK Albums chart seven times, which is the most times a male solo album has reached that summit for in UK chart history. He also enjoyed a personal dream come true by earning the coveted UK Christmas No. 1 single with his romantic ballad “Perfect.” Sheeran was also awarded the prestigious Global Success Award at the 2018 BRIT Awards, at which he performed a tender tribute to his late grandmother with his emotional track “Supermarket Flowers.”

Divide’s success extends into the U.S. and across the globe. The album dominated 2017 year-end charts in Australia and Canada. Back in February of this year, the album had spent 50 consecutive weeks in Billboard’s Top 20. Sheeran won two more Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for Divide’s catchy lead single, “Shape of You.” The British native singer-songwriter was also named the Most Streamed Artist of 2017 by Spotify.

Divide was notably at No. 6 on the Official Albums chart for the week of May 25-May 31 and the chart update places it at No. 8. Stay tuned to AXS for more on Ed Sheeran.