Ed Sheeran looks unstoppable as ÷ nears 1m sales, topping the charts for a second week

Ed Sheeran looks unstoppable as ÷ nears 1m sales, topping the charts for a second week

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ continues to dominate the charts, posting a second week sales figure of 303,520, including 58,280 sales from streams.

That gives it a combined sales figure of 975,062 and also makes it the fourth album to sell more than 300,000 copies on each of its first two weeks on sale this century, following The Circus by Take That (2008), I Dreamed A Dream by Susan Boyle (2009) and 25 by Adele (2015).

The record also sold almost 10 times as its nearest competitor, Rag’N’Bone Man’s Human (30,529 sales), for the second week running.

Sheeran’s previous two albums X – which this week passed 3 million sales – and + are also in the Top 10. X is at No.3 (18,595 sales) and + is at No.6 (12,107 sales).

In the singles chart, Sheeran has slipped a little from last week’s record-smashing figures, but still occupies nine of the Top 10 positions, and 16 of the Top 29.

Shape Of You remains at No.1 for the 10th consecutive week, shifting 106,286 copies. It has now achieved 1,595,430 sales to date. Galway Girl – this evening announced as the next official single from the album and available now – also stays put at No.2 (92,766 sales).

Broken only by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s Something Just Like This (No.4 46,410 sales), Sheeran’s other Top 10 singles are: Castle On The Hill (No.3), Perfect (No.5), New Man (No.6), Happier (No.7), Supermarket Flowers (No.8), What Do I Know (No.9) and Dive (No.10).

Also this week, Sheeran was announced as the final headliner for Glastonbury and ÷ posted a first week sales figure of 322,000 in America. Click here to read the inside story of how the singer and his label, Atlantic Records, made chart history with ÷.

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