The 26-year-old singer took to Instagram Friday morning (Oct. 27) to announce that the x single — which won the Grammy for best pop solo performance and the coveted song of the year at the 2016 awards — has achieved sales and streams exceeding 10 million. Even more impressive, “Thinking Out Loud” becomes only the 15th song to reach that milestone since the Diamond certification was implemented by the RIAA 20 years ago.
“Thinking out loud is diamond in the US,” the singer wrote in his post. “Thank you to everyone who streamed or downloaded it x.”
Ironically, Sheeran’s Diamond certification for “Thinking Out Loud” comes just one month after the singer officially released his ÷ love song “Perfect” as a single, a song which he’s dubbed his favorite he’s ever written and has been deemed even more romantic than “Thinking Out Loud.” The song marks Sheeran’s fourth official single from ÷, following “Castle on the Hill,” “Galway Girl” and the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Shape of You,” which is receiving early Grammy chatter for song of the year and record of the year.
Adding to the accolades, ÷ has been certified 2x platinum, continuing it’s run as the biggest-selling album of the year so far. Album tracks have collectively amassed more than 3.2 billion Spotify streams, with “Shape of You” alone at more than 1.3 billion, making it the most-streamed song on the service. “Thinking Out Loud” is Sheeran’s second most-streamed song on Spotify, with more than 963,000,000 listens.
The ballroom-dancing music video for “Thinking Out Loud” has more than 1.8 billion views on YouTube, coming second in views on Sheeran’s channel to “Shape of You,” which has 2.5 billion.
After wrapping up the American leg of his sold-out world tour, Sheeran recently fractured his right wrist and left elbow requiring him to postpone shows in Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has yet to update fans on when he’ll be returning to the stage.