«Treacly,» «boring» and «sexless» aren’t words you’d typically ascribe to one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
But they’re adjectives that journalists and festival organizers have lobbed at Ed Sheeran, who rock icon Morissey slammed in 2015, telling Boulder Weekly that «things can’t possibly get any worse» than his music.
Yet despite the vitriol, the scruffy British troubadour has achieved perhaps inexplicable success. His first two albums — 2012’s + (read as «plus») and 2014’s x (read as «multiply») — have accrued nearly 3 billion streams combined and sold more than 20 million song downloads, according to Nielsen Music. His latest single, Shape of You, has reigned atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks, making Sheeran the first artist ever to debut in the top 10 with two songs simultaneously (the other being Castle on the Hill, which bowed at No. 6 in mid-January).
And with his third album ÷ (aka «divide»), out Friday, the prolific 26-year-old could reach new heights.
Judging solely by its singles, «I think (this album will) take him to the next level,» says Billboard senior editor Jem Aswad. «He’s already selling out stadiums. You can’t get much bigger than he is, but from all indications, it seems like this album could do that.»
He has just published his more nearby tours, along America. Sorr y f you can´t go… me either, but. Let us dream, please!
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