÷ (album) – Wikipedia

2017 studio album by Ed Sheeran
÷ ( “ Divide ” ) is the third base studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. “ Castle on the Hill “ and “ Shape of You “ were released as the album ‘s precede singles on 6 January 2017. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the sixtieth Annual Grammy Awards. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] The album was number one in the United Kingdom, selling 672,000 copies in its beginning workweek, making it the fastest-selling album by a male alone artist there and the highest open behind Adele ‘s 25 and Oasis ‘ Be Here Now. It besides topped the charts in 14 countries, including the United States, Canada, and Australia. In April 2018, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry named ÷ the best-selling album worldwide of the decade. [ 3 ] In October 2019 it was ranked the fifth best-selling album of the twenty-first hundred in the UK. [ 4 ]

All the tracks on the album reached the clear 20 of the UK Singles Chart in the week of the album ‘s free. The dominance of its tracks on the UK chart led to calls for variety on how the single chart is compiled, [ 5 ] and the Official Charts Company then introduced newfangled rules limiting tracks eligible for entry in the top 100 to three per the main artist, ampere well as adjusting the streams-to-sales ratio for older songs. [ 6 ] His fourth single from ÷, “ Perfect “, reached number one in the US, Australia and the UK, where it became the Christmas number one of 2017. To promote the album, Sheeran embarked on a worldwide concert tour, entitled the ÷ Tour. Comprising 260 shows, it started on 16 March 2017 and ended on 26 August 2019 with the final of four homecoming gigs in Ipswich, Suffolk. By August 2019 it had become the biggest, most serve, and highest-grossing enlistment of all time. [ 7 ]

background [edit ]

On 13 December 2015, Sheeran announced a self-imposed hiatus from sociable media, commenting that he found himself “ seeing the global through a filmdom and not my eyes. ” [ 8 ] He far ensured that some of this time would be spent creating his third base album, which he considered “ the best thing I have made therefore far. ” precisely one year after this announcement, on 13 December 2016, Sheeran ‘s diverse social media platforms posted pictures of a space blue square to state his at hand return to music. [ 9 ] On 1 January 2017, Sheeran officially ended his suspension by announcing that “ new music ” would be released on 6 January. [ 10 ] On 12 January 2017, Sheeran revealed the tracklist and the release date for the album with its pre-order. [ 11 ] [ 12 ]

release [edit ]

÷ was released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records. [ 13 ] Worldwide, on the day of its acquittance, the tracks of the album achieved a sum of 56.73 million streams on Spotify in a single day, breaking the former commemorate of 29 million for Starboy by The Weeknd in November 2016. In total, all tracks by Sheeran were streamed 68.7 million times that day, with the single “ Shape of You “ receiving 10.12 million stream, both besides breaking previous records on Spotify. [ 14 ] Both records were broken by Drake ‘s More Life 16 days late. [ 15 ] By its second day of publish, the video of songs from the album had achieved a accumulative one billion views on YouTube, including figures from “ Shape of You ” and “ Castle on the Hill ” released earlier. [ 16 ]

Singles [edit ]

“ Castle on the Hill “ and “ Shape of You “, the album ‘s run singles, were issued on 6 January 2017. Sheeran teased the tracks on sociable media during the workweek leading up to their let go of, posting implemental extracts and each song ‘s orifice lyric. [ 17 ] [ 18 ] “ Galway Girl “ was announced as the third base single via Sheeran ‘s Twitter on 17 March 2017. [ 19 ] It was added to BBC Radio 2 ‘s playlist the play along day ( 18 March 2017 ). [ 20 ] On 21 August 2017, Billboard announced that “ Perfect “ would be the one-fourth unmarried from the album. [ 21 ] The song was sent to top 40 radio on 26 September 2017. [ 22 ] “ Happier “ was released on 27 April 2018 as the album ‘s fifth and final single in Italy. [ 23 ]

promotional singles [edit ]

“ How Would You Feel ( Paean ) “ was released on 17 February 2017 as a promotional unmarried with its pre-order. [ 24 ] An widen live acoustic version of “ Eraser “ debuted on the SB.TV YouTube impart on 28 February 2017 ; marking the tenth anniversary of SB.TV ‘s interest with YouTube, and the seventh anniversary of Sheeran ‘s YouTube engagement with SB.TV. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] “ supermarket Flowers “ was released as a promotional single following Sheeran ‘s performance at the 2018 Brit Awards. [ 27 ]

critical reception [edit ]

÷ received mix to positive reviews from critics. It has been given a Metacritic score of 62 based on 17 reviews, indicating “ by and large favorable reviews ”. [ 28 ] [ 39 ] Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone gave a four-star review, commenting that “ Ed is still showcasing pop music understanding on Divide ” and going on to say that he “ doubles down on the blend of hip-hop bravado and everyday-bloke songwriting that helped him break out at the turn of the decade. ” [ 38 ] Roisin O’Connor of The Independent besides gave the album a four-star rat, claiming “ [ the album ] leans on little asides from Sheeran ‘s own endowment ” and that it was “ astonishing for its plain ambition alone ”. [ 35 ] Jordan Bassett of NME described the album as “ a collection that, somehow, adheres to his perfective pop template … while besides being restfully eldritch ”, and that the album is “ sympathetic ”, “ assured but retiring and sometimes hard to fathom ”. [ 36 ] Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press, after commenting on the album ‘s “ missteps ”, said that it “ is certain to add listeners, subtract a few aweary of his inconsistency, but decidedly multiply his depository financial institution account ”, and ultimately called Sheeran “ a extra endowment ”. [ 40 ] Some reviews were unfavorable ; Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian gave the album a two-star evaluation out of five, calling it “ no less calculating than his peers at the very acme degree of pop stardom ”. [ 34 ] In a negative follow-up of 2.8 out of 10, Laura Snapes of Pitchfork stated : “ considering he [ Sheeran ] is among the most successful songwriters in the worldly concern, a lot of his lyrics do not flush scan. ” [ 37 ] In another negative reappraisal, writing for Drowned in Sound, David Hillier gave ÷ a 3/10 evaluation, calling it “ the most analgesic and bland pop album potential. ” [ 41 ]

commercial performance [edit ]

United Kingdom [edit ]

The album sold 232,000 physical and digital copies in the UK on its beginning day of dismissal without the inclusion of streaming data, more than the sales of Sheeran ‘s former album x in its first week. [ 42 ] In its three days, the album continued to increase in sales and sold over 432,000 copies, thereby topping the UK Albums Chart with just three days of handiness. The album sold 63 % in physical format, 31 % in digital, and 6 % in streaming equivalent sales. [ 43 ] The album sold a total of 672,000 copies in the UK during its first week, making it the nation ‘s fastest-selling album by a male artist and the third highest opening overall behind Adele ‘s 25 ( which sold 800,307 copies in its first week ) and Oasis ‘ Be Here Now ( which sold 696,000 copies in its foremost week ). [ 44 ] In ÷ ‘s opening week, Sheeran had his first three albums chart in the crown five in the UK. additionally, it broke the record for the most top 10 songs from a individual album on the UK Singles Chart ( with nine songs in the top 10 in a unmarried week ampere well ), surpassing a record previously held by Calvin Harris. All 16 songs from the album besides entered the clear 20. [ 45 ] [ 46 ] The album reached one million sales in the UK after merely 16 days. [ 47 ] In the first half of 2017, the album pushed UK music sales up by 11.2 % compared to previous year, and it was the best-selling entertainment merchandise of year, ahead of film releases such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. [ 48 ] By July 2017, the album had sold over 2 million units in the UK—1.22 million of these from physical sales and 371,000 copies from downloads, with streaming contributing 415,000 equivalent units. [ 49 ] It has since topped the UK Albums Chart for a full of 20 non-consecutive weeks, the longest sum of time since Adele ‘s 21 held the summit in 2011 and 2012. [ 50 ] [ 51 ] ÷ was the nation ‘s highest selling album of the year with over 2,128,000 copies sold by the end of 2017. [ 52 ]
Ed Sheeran performing during his ÷ ( pronounced : Divide ) tour. The large number of tracks from the album on the UK Singles Chart led to calls to reconsider how the charts are compiled. [ 5 ] In response to the controversy and to help new artists on the chart, the Official Charts Company introduced rules limiting the number of tracks by a lead artist eligible for entry in the top 100 to three, to be introduced for charts published starting 7 July 2017. It besides adjusted the streams-to-sales proportion for older tracks that had declined for three consecutive weeks or any record that had charted for ten weeks to accelerate removal of existing songs. [ 6 ] [ 53 ] On 9 August 2019, “ Barcelona ” was certified platinum by the british Phonographic Industry, despite not being released as a one. [ 54 ]

United States [edit ]

÷ debuted at act one on the US Billboard 200 with 451,000 album-equivalent units, of which 322,000 were arrant album sales. [ 55 ] The tracks jointly achieved 134.6 million streams in the United States in the album ‘s first workweek of handiness. [ 55 ] Ten songs from the album besides debuted on the Hot 100 the lapp week, joining the three songs already on the chart, including “ Shape of You ” in its seventh workweek at count one. [ 56 ] In its second week, it stayed on top of Billboard 200 with 180,000 units ( 87,000 copies sold ), [ 57 ] which qualified it for a Gold authentication from the RIAA on 22 March 2017. [ 58 ] By July 2017, tracks from the album had accumulated over one billion sound recording streams in the US. [ 59 ] ÷ earned 2,764,000 album-equivalent units in the US throughout 2017, finishing as the year ‘s best-selling album in the nation, and was its moment highest-selling album in pure copies, with 1,102,000 copies sold, behind Taylor Swift ‘s Reputation. [ 60 ]

early markets [edit ]

In Ireland, ÷ opened at number one as fastest-selling album of the ten with 27,600 units ( including 21,300 copies ), [ 61 ] just 2,300 units below the two-time platinum certification disk. All three of Sheeran ‘s albums were in the peak five. furthermore, the entire top 16 of the irish Singles Chart consisted entirely of songs from the album. [ 62 ] In Australia, the album opened at number one with a double Platinum documentation in its first week, selling 97,014 copies. [ 63 ] Sheeran besides achieved a record with 18 songs in the australian circus tent 40 in the lapp week—16 from the album and two from Sheeran ‘s other albums, which were besides in the lead five of the albums chart. [ 64 ] It has since held the state ‘s summit a full of 25 non-consecutive weeks, the ninth longest sum prison term spent there. [ 65 ] [ 66 ] ÷ was Australia ‘s highest selling album of 2017 with more than 420,000 copies sold throughout the class. [ 67 ] He besides topped the charts in the belgian area of Flanders, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden. [ 68 ] In all, it opened at number one in over 14 countries, including 10 european nations. [ 69 ] It started at number two in France, selling 40,900 copies. [ 70 ] After five months of handiness, it was certified three-times platinum there, amounting to 300,000 units ( sales and streaming ). [ 71 ] As of December 2017, it exceeds 334,000 sales in France. [ 72 ] By the end of 2017, 387,000 units ( physical and downloads ) had been sold in France according to Pure Charts. It was ranked second on the year-end album sales chart. [ 73 ] It received a diamond certification disc nine months after it was released, ascribable to selling 566,492 units ( with streaming ). [ 74 ] [ 75 ] It was ranked beginning on the year-end album chart ( including streaming ). [ 76 ] As of April 2018, it has sold 600,000 units ( including streaming ) in France. [ 77 ] As of March 2018, the album has stayed at the peak of the Danish Albums Chart for 36 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the album with most weeks at number one in Denmark ( since IFPI Denmark and Nielsen started tracking sales in 1993 ). [ 78 ]

Worldwide [edit ]

÷ was the best sell album globally of 2017, with 6.1 million copies worldwide according to the IFPI [ 79 ] and selling 1.3 million copies in pure sales in 2018. [ 80 ]

track listing [edit ]

Deluxe edition[82]
No. Title Writer(s)       Producer(s) Length
13. “Barcelona”
  • Amy Wadge
  • Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foy Vance
  • Johnny McDaid
  •       Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
3:11
14. “Bibia Be Ye Ye”
  • Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Fuse ODG
  • KillBeatz
  • Stephen Woode
  •       Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  • KillBeatz
2:56
15. “Nancy Mulligan”
  • Amy Wadge
  • Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foy Vance
  • Johnny McDaid
  • Murray Cummings
  •       Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
2:59
16. “Save Myself”
  • Amy Wadge
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Labrinth
  •       Ed Sheeran
  • Labrinth
4:07
sum length : 59:27
French limited collector’s edition[83]
No. Title Writer(s)       Producer(s) Length
17. “Shape of You” ( live at Taratata )
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Johnny McDaid
  • Kandi Burruss
  • Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs
  • Steve Mac
  • Tameka Cottle
      Steve Mac 4:53
18. “Castle on the Hill” ( live at Taratata )
  • Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  •       Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
5:03
19. “Supermarket Flowers” ( live at Taratata )
  • Benny Blanco
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Johnny McDaid
  •       Benny Blanco
  • Johnny McDaid
3:01

Notes

  • “Shape of You” interpolates “No Scrubs” by TLC

Personnel [edit ]

Credits adapted from AllMusic and album ‘s liner notes. [ 84 ] [ 85 ]

product [edit ]

  • Executive producers – Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco
  • Produced by Ed Sheeran ( tracks 2, 5, 9–11, 13–16 ), Benny Blanco ( 2, 3, 7, 8, 12–15 ), Steve Mac ( 4 )

    , Johnny McDaid ( 1, 10, 12 ), Will Hicks ( 5 ), Mike Elizondo ( 6 ), and Labrinth ( 16 )

  • Co-produced by Ed Sheeran ( tracks 1, 4, 12 )
  • Additional production by Benny Blanco ( track 5 )
  • Original production by KillBeatz ( track 14 )
  • Engineered by Joe Rubel ( all tracks ), Graham Archer ( 1, 6, 11 ), Chris Sclafani ( 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12–15 ), Dann Pursey ( 4 ), Chris Laws ( 4 ), and Adam Hawkins ( 6 )
  • Assistant engineers – Duncan Fuller ( tracks 1, 6, 10, 11 ), Matt Jones ( 3, 5, 7 ), George Oulton ( 3, 5, 7 ), Paul Pritchard ( 5 ), Jack Fairbrother ( 5 ), Johnny Solway ( 5 ), Brent Arrowood ( 6 ), Archie Carter ( 9–11 ), Robert Sellens ( 9–11 )
  • Mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent at The Mixsuite UK & LA
  • Assisted by Geoff Swan and Michael Freeman
  • Mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering, London
  • Design and art direction by Jonny Costello and Charlotte Audery at Adultartclubco.uk
  • Cover art photography by David Rowan
  • Illustrations by Kasiq Jungwoo
  • Photography by @gregwilliamsphotography
  • Original cover painting by Ed Sheeran with thanks to Damian and Science for use of their machine

Charts [edit ]

Certifications [edit ]

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

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