Ed Sheeran Blasting to U.K. Chart Double


Ed Sheeran performs during day 1 of BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend 2018 held at Singleton Park on May 26, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. 

Ed Sheeran is dashing to a U.K. chart double.

The British singer and songwriter’s latest album No.6 Collaborations Project (Asylum), which features collaborations with Eminem, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Chance The Rapper and many more, is off to a flyer. 

In the three days following its release last Friday, the LP clocked up 64,000 chart sales in the U.K., including 32,000 physical sales and 14,000 album downloads and 23.1 million track streams, according to the Official Charts Company. It’s the runaway leader on the Official Chart Update and, at the halfway stage, it’s outpacing the rest of the Top 40 combined.

Sheeran’s three previous albums, Plus (for three weeks in 2011), Multiply (13 weeks in 2014) and Divide (20 weeks in 2017) all ruled the Official U.K. Albums Chart, for long stretches. 

The new set has already yielded three top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “I Don’t Care,” featuring Justin Bieber. At week’s end, Sheeran could have another title, and seventh overall, as “Beautiful People” (Asylum/Columbia) featuring Khalid rises 3-1 on Sunday’s debut Official Chart: First Look.

Sheeran should collect the highest debut this week as “Remember The Name” featuring Eminem & 50 Cent starts at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart Update, just behind Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” (EMI/Syco Music), which slips one place to No. 2. Another No. 6 Collaborations Project track should crack the top 5, as “Take Me Back To London” featuring Stormzy opens at No. 4, followed by Lewis Capaldi’s “Hold Me While You Wait” (EMI), down 4-5.

Finally, a new remix of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” (Interscope) featuring Justin Bieber is powering the track back into this week’s Top 20. It’s up 23-13 on the sales blast.

The weekly U.K. singles and albums surveys are published late Friday.