Ed Sheeran Just Smashed Records By Getting 16 Songs In The Official Top 20

Ed Sheeran has finished a record breaking week by getting a total of 16 songs in the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart.

Remaining at the top of the charts is 'Shape of You', which has sold a cumulative total of 1,450,923 copies in the UK since it was first released.

The Official Chart Company changed the way it calculates the Top 40 earlier this year to reflect the rise in streaming. Alongside physical copies and downloads, 150 streamings count as a sale of a song.

This means Ed's domination of the chart should come as no surprise, as Divide (styled ÷) broke first-day stream records on Spotify after 56,727,861 streams on the day of its release (3rd March) alone.

As if that was not enough for the British singer-songwriting lad, Ed went on to smash one-day stream records as well, with 'Shape of You' getting more than 10 million streams last Friday.

YouTube has also announced that the singer's album has already wracked up more than one billion views on the site.

And Ed told OfficialCharts.com: "Wow! What a phenomenal week. To every person who's bought the album - thank you. I'm buzzing!"

Ed is everywhere at the moment as he also announced a concert tour on Wednesday. You can't seem to walk down the street without hearing 'Shape of You' at least four times. Your other half has probably played ÷ on repeat since it was released. In fact, you may have even found yourself singing along to 'Galway Girl' without realising it.


However, he's primarily everywhere in the charts as he's fucking smashed Spotify's top 50...

Ed is also a fairly interesting bloke. And not just because of his whole 'homeless to millionaire' story.

In fact, here's some stuff you may not know about him...

Some Of The First People To Hear His New Album Were The Cast Of 'Game Of Thrones'


Being a part of Game Of Thrones has its perks. Not only do you get paid a shitload of money and get to know the plot before everyone else, but you get to party with Ed and hear his new album before anyone else.

Speaking to Radio 1, he said: "I ended up going to a party where a lot of the Game Of Thrones lot were at.

"They all ended up back at my house. I'd never met some of them before and said: 'Do you want to hear some of my songs'?"

The thing is, Game of Thrones is very keen to get Ed to do a cameo. Speaking to The Sun, Ed said: "There were talks ages ago of me being an extra, which could have been cool. But every time they shoot it's the time I tour in the UK."

His Music Has Been A Bit Of A Cockblock For His Cousins' Potential Boyfriends

Some people like getting down to a bit of Ed's music. I guess it can be seen as quite romantic but damn, would you not start crying half way through? Anyway, he explained that being related to him has been a bit of a nightmare for his female cousins.

Of one of his cousins, he told Shoboy radio: "She just gets brought back and wooed by guys and then they put on me to set the mood and she's like 'yeah, no, I'm not gonna get off to my cousin'."

He then had another of his cousins propositioned by a guy who was claiming he had a hit song on the radio and his name was Ed Sheeran.

He explained: "Kathy, my cousin, just pulls out her ID and it says Kathy Sheeran and she yells out 'Look at that! Not today mate.'"

He's Received Some Weird Gifts From Fans

If I was famous and someone gave me something home-baked, I doubt I'd eat it.

But Ed's clearly a much nicer person than me. He soon learnt his lesson when he found a load of hair inside a cake someone made him.

He told MTV: "Someone cooked it in a cake, a big clump of hair. Don't ask me how I found it out... I tried to eat it.

"I thought, 'It's very sweet to be given a cake. I shall eat the cake'. Then I found a clump.

"I was half expecting her to track me down and be like, 'I'm inside you now!', be proper stalker-ish."

However, he has been given some cool gifts. "I get quite a lot of cool presents," he continued. "I got given some doughnuts with some Lord of the Rings Lego, which was cool. We like that."

Harry Styles Is Blackmailing Him With Footage From School

According to NME, Styles has a video of a much younger Ed performing in a school production of Grease. He's apparently willing to publish it if Ed ever pisses him off. Which is weird, because Ed once claimed that Harry leaked his own nudes to show off his penis size.

No, seriously.

A photo of a naked man (believed to be Harry) went viral in 2012. Ed said: "Did you know Harry leaked that picture himself? He leaked his own picture."

He was then asked whether or not a song he wrote ('Little Things') was about Harry's small penis. He said: "He definitely hasn't got a little thing, so no I did not write 'Little Things' about little things."

Alright, fair enough, mate.

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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