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The Longevity of Ed Sheeran Albums RADIO Locale

Updated: May 25



Ed Sheeran has put out four albums so far. This began with a trilogy of albums with arithmetic symbols on the cover: “Plus” in 2011, “Multiply” in 2014, and “Divide” in 2017. Most recently, he released “No.6 Collaborations Project”, a 2019 effort which, as implied by the title, is an album featuring zero solo songs. On the 15 May 2020-21 May 2020 Official Albums Chart, all four albums make the top 100. Let’s take a look on how that may be.

“Plus” appears to continue to be thriving off its six hits, including the number three-peaking international hit “The A Team”, Sheeran’s debut, as well as the number four-peaking “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and the number five-peaking “Lego House”. The album is currently charting at number 95 in its 410th week on the chart. 

Despite this success, the “Plus” era pales in comparison to “Multiply”. Sheeran received his first number one hit in lead single “Sing”, as well as another number one with “Thinking Out Loud”, and three other hits in “Don’t”, the Rudimental-assisted “Bloodstream”, and “Photograph”. In its 308th week on the chart, “Multiple” sits at number 44.

Sheeran’s third album, “Divide”, will be remembered for some of the biggest hits of his entire career, with “Shape of You” and “Perfect” hitting number one in multiple countries. This is not to discount “Castle on the Hill” and “Galway Girl”, which both peaked at number two, as well as the number six-peaking “Happier”. Riding off these hits, “Divide” is at number 15 on this week’s chart, its 167th week on the chart overall.

Finally, Ed Sheeran’s most recent album, “No.6 Collaborations Project”, continues his streak of hits. While the singles on the album are not as successful as some of the ones on “Divide” in terms of longevity, he still achieved three number one songs with “I Don’t Care”, “Beautiful People”, and “Take Me Back To London”, as well as number four peaks out of “Cross Me” and “South of the Border”. It’s been on the Official Albums Chart for 44 weeks now, and currently is at number nine.

Simply put, Ed Sheeran’s ability to land multiple hit singles off all his albums are allowing him to continue to sell albums years after they are first released. Through combining these singles’ success with high-grossing tours, and it is no wonder why Ed Sheeran remains one of the most popular musicians in the country.  Listen out for RADIO Ed on RADIO Locale