Global trade body IFPI has some not-so-shocking news to share: pop music juggernaut Ed Sheeran was, hands down, the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017, based on the strength of his third studio album, ÷ (Divide), and its parade of hits including the year's top single "Shape of You."
The organization said on Monday that Sheeran is the first IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year to have had both the best selling album and single of the year. According to the IFPI, ÷ has achieved multi-platinum status in 36 markets, while "Shape" has gone platinum in 32. Other hit tracks off the album include "Castle on the Hill," "Galway Girl" and "Perfect."
In January, Nielsen Music announced that ÷ finished 2017 as the year's most popular album in the U.S., earning 2.764 million equivalent album units, with 1.1 million of that sum coming from traditional album sales.