Just in time for St. Patrick’s day, global superstar Ed Sheeran has unveiled the lyric video for “Galway Girl” off his just released album “÷” (pronounced “divide”) which scored the biggest debut of the year and has already been certified gold by the RIAA after just one week. Watch the lyric video HERE.
With first week sales equivalents of his album “÷” exceeding 451,000 units, the multiple-GRAMMY winner enters the Billboard 200 at #1 for the second time, doubling the first week sales of his previous album, 2014’s “x” (pronounced “multiply”), which debuted at the top of the chart with 209,000 units. “÷” is also a global phenomenon, selling over 4 million units worldwide and streamed over 608 million times in its first week.
“Shape Of You” – the lead single off of “÷” – is making history on its own, breaking the all-time record for the most played song in a single week at both Top 40 – besting Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” which held the record since 2015 – AND Hot AC radio. The RIAA 2x-Platinum certified smash holds the #1 spot at both formats for the fourth and third consecutive week respectively, and on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the seventh week. “Shape of You” and fellow “÷” single “Castle On The Hill” debuted at #1 and #6 respectively on Billboard’s “Hot 100” earlier this year, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” and the RIAA-Gold certified “Castle on the Hill” were the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve certifications this year. Additionally, “Shape of You” tops iTunes’ “Top Songs” chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers, with individual views approaching nearly 400 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube while songs from “÷” alone have passed the 1 billion mark in YouTube views.
Sheeran recently announced details for his North American arena tour, which begins June 29that Kansas City, Mo’s Sprint Center and then continues through early October (see attached itinerary). Tickets are available to the general public today, Friday, March 17th at 10 AM (local) except the July 19th date at Montreal, QC’s Bell Centre, on sale at 12 Noon (local). For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com/live.htm.