Man of the moment Ed Sheeran has been making the rounds promoting his latest album ÷ (pronounced “Divide”) – not that it needs much help flying off the shelves. Sheeran’s third studio album overtook David Bowie’s Blackstar as the fastest selling album by a male artist in the history of the UK charts. Now, Sheeran is only surpassed by Oasis’ Be Here Now and Adele’s 25 when it comes to opening week album sales in the UK.
Sheeran also held 16 places in the top 20 UK singles’ chart, becoming the first person to ever achieve this. In addition, his album outsold all other albums in the top 500 combined – another staggering record-breaking feat. The Halifax-born singer/songwriter appeared stunned by his own success.
All the same, the red-haired crooner continues his media whistle-stop tour. His latest interview with a Dutch late night TV show, RTL Late Night, turned out to be quite memorable. After a few drinks, Ed proceeded to argue that all pop songs can be played using only four guitar chords. When the host challenged him to prove it, he asked for a guitar and the rest is history.
Though the “Shape of You” singer seemed stumped by the King of Pop and Queen Bey, we’ll give him a pass on this one. Now you know, thanks to Ed. Master those chords and you might be able to play all your favourite tracks.
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