Ed Sheeran obliterates streaming records, looks set to claim biggest-selling album of the year
Ed Sheeran obliterated a number of streaming records with his third album ÷ [Divide] and looks set to claim the biggest album release of the year.
The 26-year-old racked up more than 56.73 million streams worldwide in the first 24 hours of its release on Spotify, beating the previous record held by The Weeknd’s Starboy.
He also broke his own record for plays of a single track on Spotify in 24 hours with ‘Shape of You’, which was streamed 10.12m times on the platform after its record-setting 7.94m streams when it was released on 6 January.
Ben Cook, President of Atlantic Records UK, said: “Ed is an artist that inspires a generation, and the release of ÷ is a global event. It’s great to see so many people across the world respond to this brilliant new work in such an unprecedented manner.
“As the way we release music changes, Ed continues to shape culture and how it evolves. It’s early days, but we’re really excited to see what we can achieve alongside Ed and his management on what is an outstanding landmark record.”
Billboard predicts that Divide will shift around 350,000 – 400,000 units in its first week, while other experts believe it could sell as many as 500,000.