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Ed Sheeran holding his number one trophy sideways so it looks more like a letterbox Ed Sheeran holding his number one trophy sideways so it looks more like a letterbox Image sourced at bbc.com

Ed Sheeran Rules The Charts: Where Can He Go Next?

Written by  bbc.com/entertainment Mar 13, 2017

Ed Sheeran has just broken a truckload of records with his latest album ÷ (Divide).

In its first week it outsold the rest of the top 500 combined and became the fastest-selling album ever by a male artist.

Ed is also number one on the singles chart. And number two. And number three, four, five, six,..

Actually let's save some time: Ed Sheeran holds 16 places on this week's top 20 - a chart first.

In its opening week, Divide sold four times more than the fastest-selling album of 2016 - David Bowie's Blackstar.

Sheeran now has the third fastest-selling album in UK chart history, behind Adele and Oasis.

Now is probably a good time to dig a little deeper into how Sheeran got to this point and have a look at just how much further an artist can go after such phenomenal success.

Sheeran has often spoken about how he mapped out his career route early on.

He'd ingeniously come up with the idea of using maths symbols as titles for his first five studio albums.

His three releases to date have been named + (Plus), x (Multiply), and ÷ (Divide).

To add another element to the themed series - each album has a different colour scheme.

The cover for his debut was bathed in orange, while Multiply was coated in bright green and Divide a light pastel blue.

Sheeran has often spoken about how he mapped out his career route early on.

He'd ingeniously come up with the idea of using maths symbols as titles for his first five studio albums.

His three releases to date have been named + (Plus), x (Multiply), and ÷ (Divide).

To add another element to the themed series - each album has a different colour scheme.

The cover for his debut was bathed in orange, while Multiply was coated in bright green and Divide a light pastel blue.

Many artists turn to songwriting once they've had enough of performing - or struggled to find fame - for themselves.

Sheeran might be unlikely to retire for quite some time - but he's already started giving some of his songs away to other artists.

He was behind Justin Bieber's monstrous 2015 hit Love Yourself and wrote the most recent X Factor winner's single - When Christmas Comes Around by Matt Terry.

The list goes on - One Direction's Little Things and Jessie Ware's Say You Love Me also had Sheeran's name on the credits.

We're pretty confident plenty more singers would happily take a few songs off his hands if he ever gets sick of worldwide adoration.

Between songwriting, stadiums, and new musical directions, Ed has plenty of time and opportunity to build further on his incredible success.

We look forward to seeing how many more records he'll be able to break along the way.

 

 

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