Ed Sheeran has achieved another chart-busting feat with his third studio album Divide’s, smash lead single “Shape of You.” Per Billboard, “Shape” breaks the record for the most time a single has spent in the Hot 100 Top 10 since the nearly six-decade chart inception, logging 33 weeks. Wow. That’s amazing, given how Sheeran eclipsed former 32-week Top 10 ties with The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey's “Closer” and LeAnn Rimes’ sweeping ballad “How Do I Live.”
At this point, “Shape of You” has arguably hit too many milestones to count. It spent 12 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 position, which helped him earn an Atlantic Records accolade. The track garnered the distinction of becoming the most-streamed UK single of all time. It also broke records on Australia’s ARIA Singles Chart by topping it for 15 weeks.
The “Thinking Out Loud” singer just scratched the record-breaking surface with Divide’s lead track. The album itself smashed a bunch more. For instance, Divide was the fast-selling album of all time for a male artist in the UK and it racked up the biggest one-week vinyl album sales of any artist in the past 20 years.
Sheeran has also crushed tour records with the Divide World Tour and he earned huge UK distinctions by being short-listed for the 2017 Mercury Prize and being awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) on Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List. Plus, Sheeran was just named the inaugural recipient of the MTV VMA Awards Artist of the Year here in the US.
Nearly three-quarters of 2017 is gone. Who knows how many more accolades Ed Sheeran will earn. Though it's just speculation, when the New Year turns, we bet some sort of Grammy Award will be added to his growing collection of trophies.
Ed Sheeran is currently touring to support Divide. Click here for a list of AXS-ticketed shows.