Ed Sheeran's Still on the Rise: 'X' Yields Fourth Top 20 Hit

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Ed Sheeran performs on day 2 of Latitude Festival at Henham Park Estate on July 17, 2015 in Southwold, England.

With “Photograph” reaching No. 20, Sheeran joins an elite list of male solo artists with four Top 20 hits from an album this decade.

The hits keep coming for Ed Sheeran: the U.K. singer-songwriter has earned his fourth top 20 title on the Billboard Hot 100 from his X album as “Photograph” steps 21-20. It follows “Sing” (No. 13), “Don’t” (No. 9) and “Thinking Out Loud” (No. 2).

The song collected 68.5 million in radio audience in the week ending July 26 (up 14 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It’s on track to become Sheeran’s fourth top 10 on the Radio Songs chart from X.

Sheeran’s sophomore album, released in June 2014, has generated 9.5 million in overall download sales from its songs, with 4.3 million for “Thinking Out Loud.” Overall, Sheeran’s total song output (including earlier releases like his 2011 debut +) has moved 16.9 million downloads.

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Meanwhile, X spends its 39th nonconsecutive week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, falling 5-8. The release has sold 1.6 million units since its No. 1 debut last year, according to Nielsen Music.

Since 2010, eight other male solo artists have scored at least four top 20 hits from one album, not counting deluxe editions. They are:

Lil Wayne

His 2011 album Tha Carter IV produced four top 20 hits: “6 Foot 7 Foot” featuring Cory Gunz (No. 9 peak), “How To Love” (No. 5), “She Will” featuring Drake (No. 3) and “Mirror” with Bruno Mars (No. 16).


Speaking of Drake, his 2011 opus Take Care contained the top 20 hits “Take Care” featuring Rihanna (No. 7 peak), “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 9), “Headlines” (No. 12) and “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne (No. 14).

David Guetta

Before his latest top 20 hit “Hey Mama,” the French producer’s Nothing But The Beat album scored three top 10 hits — “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 4 peak), “Without You” with Usher (No. 4) and “Titanium” with Sia (No. 7) — and one more top 20 hit with “Where Them Girls At” featuring Flo Rida and Minaj (No. 14).  

Flo Rida

As a lead artist, Flo Rida watched his 2012 album Wild Ones heat up the top 20 with “Whistle” (No. 1, two weeks), “Good Feeling” (No. 3), the title track featuring Sia (No. 5) and “I Cry” (No. 6).

Justin Bieber

The Biebs’ last official solo album, 2012’s Believe, took “Boyfriend” to No. 2, “Beauty and a Beat” (featuring Nicki Minaj) to No. 5, “As Long As You Love Me” (featuring Big Sean) to No. 6 and “Die in Your Arms” to No. 17.

Calvin Harris

Harris’ guest-laden 2012 album 18 Months contained five top 20 hits: “We Found Love” with Rihanna (No. 1 for 10 weeks), “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch (No. 10), “Feel So Close” (No. 12), “I Need Your Love” featuring Ellie Goulding (No. 16) and “Let’s Go” featuring Ne-Yo (No. 17).


Along with the Rihanna collaboration “The Monster,” which stayed at No. 1 for four weeks, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 featured “Berzerk” (No. 3), “Rap God” (No. 7) and “Survival” (No. 16).

Jason Derulo

Before Everything Is 4, Derulo’s third LP Tattoos cranked out two top 10 hits (“Talk Dirty” with a No. 3 peak and “Wiggle” with a No. 5 peak) and two top 20 hits (“Trumpets,” which topped out at No. 14, and “The Other Side,” which got to No. 18).