With massive sales and streaming numbers still pouring in, Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Asylum) should conquer the U.K.’s albums chart for a second week, at the very least.
Divide, which shifted a staggering 672,000 copies in its first week to bow at the summit of the survey, has clocked up another 158,000 sales across all formats at the midweek stage, according to the Official Charts Company.
Sheeran’s third and most recent album is well out front in the race for the chart title and holds onto No. 1 on the Albums Chart Update, ahead of Rag’n’Bone Man’s No. 2-ranked Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia). The extraordinary hype surrounding Sheeran’s new set spills over into his previous two albums, Multiply and Plus, which both sit inside the top 10 (at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively).
Don’t expect the Englishman to release his grip on the singles chart just yet. Midweek data published by the charts compilers reveals Sheeran locks up the top 3 positions on the Single Chart Update, led by “Shape Of You” at No. 1, “Galway Girl” (at No. 2) and “Castle On The Hill” (No. 3).
Only the Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” collaboration (at No. 4 via Disruptor) prevents Sheeran from collecting the entire top five, while Divide’s 11 remaining tracks are dispersed throughout the top 40.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published each Friday, local time.