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Ed Sheeran Crowned Decade's Top Recording Artist In U.K.

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Ed Sheeran performs during his world tour on July 19, 2019 at at Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

It’s official: Ed Sheeran is the U.K.’s top recording artist of the decade.

The Brit is the recipient of the Official Charts Record Breaker Award, the latest in a frighteningly long list of accolades accumulated since 2010.

According to the Official Charts Company, the singer and songwriter earned the most No. 1s (12) across its singles and albums charts during the past 10 years, and he bagged the most weeks at the summit (79 weeks).

He’s the third recipient of the OCC’s award, following Justin Bieber (the first act in history to hold all top three positions in the Official Singles Chart simultaneously), and Beatles great Paul McCartney (for his 22 career No. 1s, better than any other act).

Speaking on his latest honor, Sheeran commented: "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, CEO of the Official Charts Company, noted: "Ed truly has dominated this decade and is a worthy recipient of this amazing new award.

"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."

Sheeran’s trophy room must surely be close to full. His “Shape Of You” was deemed the most-streamed song of the decade on Spotify (2.3 billion plays) and on the touring side, he recently became just the second artist in Boxscore history to have the top-grossing tour for two consecutive years.

He was named IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2017. The following year, Sheeran shifted more than one million tickets on his Divide tour of Australia, smashing a decades-long record