Ed Sheeran to appear on Desert Island Discs

Ed Sheeran to appear on Desert Island Discs

Ed Sheeran is set to be the first castaway of the new series of Desert Island Discs. 

The singer will appear on the BBC Radio 4 show, presented by Kirsty Young, on Sunday May 7 at 11.15am. He follows in the footsteps of previous musical guests including Kylie Minogue, Bruce Springsteen, Noel Gallagher and Keith Richards.

Launched in 1942, Desert Island Discs requires guests to choose eight songs, a book and a luxury item that they would take with them were they to be sent to a mythical desert island.

Sheeran’s spot on the show comes after a record-breaking few months for the singer. His comeback single Shape Of You – recently dethroned by Harry Styles – spent 13 weeks at No.1 and has sold 1,985,311 copies so far, according to the Official Charts Company.

Its parent album, ÷, has occupied top spot since its release on March 3 and has now shifted 1,570,582 copies. The record’s first week total of 671,542 sales made Sheeran the fastest-selling male artist ever.

The album helped power a rise in consumption of 10.7% in Q1, while Music Week recently reported that five million people applied for tickets to Sheeran’s upcoming tour.

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