Celebrating the news, Ed Sheeran told OfficialCharts.com, “Thank you so much for making Equals the Number 1 album in the UK this week. I don’t know what else to say, you guys are great, thank you so much for all listening to it, I hope you enjoy it. I hope to see you on tour next year.”
Ed Sheeran explodes atop the UK Official Albums Chart with massive 139,000 chart sales, his 5th chart topper, outselling the rest of this week’s Top 30 combined! It’s the biggest opening week in the UK, since Ed’s third album ‘Divide’. Ed Sheeran’s rockets to No. 1 on the UK Official Albums Chart with massive 139,000 chart sales, his 5th chart topper, and has sold more units than the rest of this week’s Top 30 combined! It’s the biggest opening week for an album in the UK this year, and biggest since Ed’s third album Divide, just over four years ago in March 2017.
68% of Equals’ 1st week sales units represent physical sales, including 11,600 copies on vinyl, by far the week’s best-seller on wax, while 18% comes from streaming, and 14% from downloads. Additionally, Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft debuts at number 2 with his ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’, his 6th UK Top 10 album while last week’s chart topper, Elton John’s ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, slips 1-3 on the UK Official Albums Chart. ‘The collection’ features collabs with Charlie Puth, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Nicks & Stevie Wonder and is Elton’s 8th No. 1 album and 1st in 9 years. Elton’s greatest hits album ‘Diamonds’ lifts 16-15 in the Top 20, in its 208th week in the Top 100!
Previous chart topper, Coldplay’s ‘Music Of The Spheres’, rebounds 5-4 after debuting at number 1 atop the UK Official Chart, while the 25th anniversary re-release of Spice Girls’ iconic chart-topping debut album ‘Spice’ rebounds to number 5. US band, The War On Drugs debuts at number 6 with their 5th album ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ while Adele’s ’25’ slips 6-7. Moreover, Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR’ holds at number 8, while Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ rebounds 10-9 and Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ rebounds 12-10 after landing at number 1 just four weeks ago!