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Ed Sheeran's new album has already set a record

Ed Sheeran 'divide' Sold Over 200000 Copies In One Day In UK Ed Sheeran's album รท set for biggest opening week in UK chart history since Adele's 25
Elaine Woods | 09 March, 2017, 00:42

More than half of the billion-plus views belong to the lyric and music videos for "Shape of You", a testament to the mammoth single.

The all-time list for first-week sales has Adele's 25 and Oasis's Be Here Now at the top with 800,000 each.

For what it's worth, we also think Divide is Sheeran's best album yet.

The previous first-day record was held by David Bowie's Blackstar, with 143,455. "Shape of You" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has topped the chart for past six weeks. Castle On The Hill, 3. The most popular format for the LP by far is physical, at 63%, with digital accounting for 31% of all sales and streaming equivalent sales making up the remainder (just 6%).

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Looking beyond Sheeran's terrifying level of expected dominance, Aussie acts All Our Exes Live In Texas, Kingswood and Methyl Ethel are looking for solid results with their respective new albums When We Fall, After Hours, Close To Dawn - both probable top-10 entrants - and Everything Is Forgotten (likely top 20).

"Adele is the one person who's sold more records than me in the past 10 years", he told GQ. No other album, new or old, has even sold 200K since the year began more than two months ago. "But if I don't set her as the benchmark then I'm selling myself short.I'm not in competition [creatively] because we all sit in our own lanes, but once the creative product is out there is a race to the finish line". "It's about the long game".

The 26 year old singer-songwriter finally unleashed his newly-awaited album last Friday (March 3rd), and as of Monday night it is a million miles ahead of all other releases in the United Kingdom, having outsold the rest of the Top 200 combined more than twice over.

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