Ed Sheeran follows his Christmas No. 1 with another chart record

He pretty much owned the UK charts in 2017

After claiming the Christmas No.1, Ed Sheeran has finished 2017 on top of both the UK singles and albums chart, and claimed another chart record in the process.

His third album ‘÷‘ climbed back to the top of the album charts, knocking Eminem‘s ‘Revival’ down to third.

That made it the album’s seventh stint at the top, according to the Official Charts Company, the most spells at number one for an album by a male solo artist.


It beat the record of six spells at the summit previously clocked by Sam Smith in 2015 for his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’.

Ed Sheeran Christmas Number 1 for 'Perfect'
Ed Sheeran Christmas Number 1 for ‘Perfect’ (Official Charts Company)

Sheeran’s third album has now spent a total of 19 weeks at the top of the album chart, and sold the equivalent of 74,000 copies across physical, downloads and streaming last week alone.

Sam Smith, whose record Sheeran just broke, rose to number two with his second album ‘The Thrill of It All’.

Over in the singles chart, things were still dominated by Sheeran and Christmas.

Ed retained the top spot for ‘Perfect’ off the back of his duet remix with Beyoncé.


Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ rose to number two, followed by ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey in three, with The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale of New York’ in at five.

Ed Sheeran also features on the number four single, Eminem’s ‘River’.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has recently hinted that Ed Sheeran could headline Glastonbury once more after his controversial 2017 slot.

“Knowing that there are people in the audience who possibly don’t even like my music at all and are just there to sort of see, that excites me,” Sheeran said of his Glastonbury performance.

“Will Ed be back? He’s still only 26, so I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see him here at the farm again,” she said.

“I certainly hope we will!”