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Ed Sheeran named No. 1 artist of the decade

Metro: Ed Sheeran is officially king of the charts after being named the UK’s number one artist of the decade and, let’s face it, is anyone even shocked?

The Thinking Out Loud singer has completely dominated the charts since 2011 with the release of his debut album and single, and it’s been an uphill success story since.

In celebration of his achievements, the Official Charts Company have crowned him the UK’s official number one artist of the decade while also honouring him with the official chart record breaker award.

Ed, 28, has earned the most number ones across the official singles and albums chart between 2010 and 2019 with 12 number ones.

The crooner has also spent the most weeks at number one across the official singles and albums charts with a staggering 79 weeks at the top.

After finding out the exciting news, Ed said: ‘Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years, especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10!’ Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, added: ‘Ed truly has dominated this decade and is a worthy recipient of this amazing new award.

Ed has pretty much owned the past decade (Picture: Getty Images)

‘At the start of the decade, he was a little known (albeit highly rated) young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk – but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable. ‘Today, he is firmly established among the highest level of global music superstars.’ Ed’s 2017 single Shape Of You is the official biggest song of the decade after spending 14 weeks at number one and amassing over 4.5 million chart sales.

The eye-watering numbers don’t stop there either as Ed’s songs have been streamed 4.6 billion times in the UK alone.

Blimey.

When it comes to the charts overall, there’s no other act who has scored more top fives, top 10s or top 20 hits this decade, or spent longer in the Official Chart Top 40 during that period than Ed’s mind-blowing 572-week residency.

Ed made history in March 2017 when all 16 tracks from his third album Divide propelled into the top 20 singles chart in the same week. The critically-acclaimed album is the fastest-selling album by a male solo artist of all time after shifting 672,000 copies in its opening week.

Shape Of You isn’t the only Ed song in the top 10 tracks of the decade, as Thinking Out Loud sits at number three, while Perfect is at number five. Elsewhere, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk is the second biggest song of the decade, while Luis Fonsi’s Despacito, which was only released in 2017.

Drake’s One Dance sits at number six, Pharrell Williams’ Happy is at number seven, John Legend’s All Of Me comes in at number eight, Justin Bieber’s Sorry sits at number nine, and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be rounds off the top 10.

Source: Published by metro

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Samuel Bassey Usoro
Samuel Bassey Usoro
1 month ago

The guy deserves it
His first song I heard which was photograph made me go psycho for him
Then he dropped perfect
That song just has a way of making me go emotional

Mariam Abdulsalam
Mariam Abdulsalam
1 month ago

Ed really is a talented person. Great music always

stanley
stanley
1 month ago

I think an outstanding artist, he deserves it

Atte
Atte
1 month ago

He’s very good. Congratulations Ed, you deserve it

Tosin ogunsuyi
Tosin ogunsuyi
1 month ago

He is a rare gem

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
1 month ago

Nice…i love all his songs

Hamzat jamiu
Hamzat jamiu
1 month ago

Well deserved

Okwu ebenezer chibundo
Okwu ebenezer chibundo
1 month ago

He deserves it
His songs are good

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
1 month ago

He deserved it a very good artist keep it up man

Umar Faruk
Umar Faruk
1 month ago

He surely deserve it hi

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
1 month ago

I love this singer, he has got what it takes

Ojeah John Ekene
Ojeah John Ekene
1 month ago

Ed’s. music are dope he deserves it.

Ndumnwere Benjamin Paul
Ndumnwere Benjamin Paul
1 month ago

He deserves it .
Congratulations ed sheeran

Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
1 month ago

This man ED, I haven’t listened to him before but I think I like him

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
1 month ago

Well deserved, no surprise at all, his the best, congrats champ

Ruth Ayibaemi
Ruth Ayibaemi
1 month ago

He deserves it
He also made the comeback of Westlife songs wonderful with his songwriting abilities

Dada Ibrahim
Dada Ibrahim
1 month ago

Congratulations to him

Abashiya Wilfred Tanko
Abashiya Wilfred Tanko
1 month ago

The guy is a legend.
Much respect for him

Matthew chinedu
Matthew chinedu
1 month ago

He deserved it

Akande oluwapelumi David
Akande oluwapelumi David
1 month ago

Wow nice

Muritala Olatunji
Muritala Olatunji
1 month ago

What a great achievement by him. Kudos to him.

Kpesu Emofegodo
Kpesu Emofegodo
1 month ago

Congratulations ed

Olaleye Hassan olalekan
Olaleye Hassan olalekan
1 month ago

How come, what about Drake and Chris brown.

Olawumi olasupo
Olawumi olasupo
1 month ago

Well deserved

Ajao sherif
Ajao sherif
1 month ago

So cool

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
1 month ago

The guy deserve the award

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
1 month ago

I love all his songs especially shape of you

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
1 month ago

Ride on Sheeran u are gonna get more

Alogwuja Genesis UFEDO
Alogwuja Genesis UFEDO
29 days ago

He is a great musician

Adeniji David ifeoluwa
Adeniji David ifeoluwa
28 days ago

It is well deserved my singer

Steve mill
Steve mill
27 days ago

He deserve it , he is the only outstanding artist

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
25 days ago

I love this guy. My best of his songs are Small bump (2012) and Perfect (2017)

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
25 days ago

Good i

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
25 days ago

He is a very outstanding artist. He deserves it

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
21 days ago

He is a very unique artist. He deserves it

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
17 days ago

Congrats man.

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
17 days ago

Am not surprised.

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
6 days ago

Bravo

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
5 days ago

He deserves it.

Catherine Ochigbo
Catherine Ochigbo
4 days ago

I love ed