Global superstar Ed Sheeran’s blockbuster album “÷” (pronounced “divide”) has been certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA for sales equivalents exceeding 2 million. The multiple GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter’s third studio offering was already the first album released this year to receive Gold and Platinum certifications. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest first week sales at the time of its March release, “÷” has remained in the chart’s top 10 for a staggering 24 weeks, and logged the most album sales of any release this year. In the U.S. alone, tracks on “÷” have collectively earned more than 1 billion on demand streams.
Sheeran has likewise enjoyed record-setting success with the album’s 6x-Platinum certified, lead single “Shape Of You.” In addition to topping Billboard’s “Hot 100” for 12 weeks, the hit song has now remained in the top 10 for 33 consecutive weeks, the most ever in the chart’s 59-year history. “Shape of You” and follow-up Platinum certified single “Castle On The Hill” debuted at #1 and #6 respectively on Billboard’s “Hot 100” upon their tandem release at the top of the year, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts.
Over the weekend, Sheeran performed a special rendition of “Shape Of You” with Atlantic label-mate Lil Uzi Vert at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, where he also won “Artist Of The Year.” Sheeran is currently in the midst of the North American leg of his world tour – which sold out in its entirety in a matter of minutes – hitting arenas across the country, including 3 night stands at both Staples Center in Los Angeles earlier this month and Barclays Center in Brooklyn in late September (see attached itinerary).