His ÷ (Divide) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 countdown with 451,000 equivalent album sales, 41,000 less than singer J. Cole scored with 4 Your Eyez Only on the last day of 2016 (31Dec16).

The album is Sheeran's second U.S. number one on the Billboard 200 - his last release, x (Multiply), hit the top of the charts in 2014.

Ed's new record became the U.K.'s fastest ever selling album by a male solo artist on Friday (10Mar17), selling an astonishing 672,000 copies and cruising to the top spot.

Only Adele's 25 and Oasis's Be Here Now landed bigger first weeks in the U.K.

The singer-songwriter's album sent records tumbling across a variety of formats, as it had the most streams in its first week of any album in U.K. chart history and became the bestselling vinyl album in more than 20 years.

The popularity of ÷ also helped him dominate the U.K. singles chart in a way no artist ever has before.

One of the album's two lead singles, Shape Of You, remains at number one for a ninth week, while Ed's songs fill out the entire top five, with Galway Girl at two, Castle On The Hill in third spot, Perfect at four, and New Man fifth in the chart. In total, nine of the songs in the U.K. top 10 are Ed's.

Back to the American album countdown, Metallica’s Hardwired... To Self-Destruct jumps up from 14 to number two, while Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic holds at three.