Ed Sheeran Scores Fourth No. 1 Album with “Equals”

    Ed Sheeran in concert in Milwaukee in 2018.
    Ed Sheeran in concert in Milwaukee in 2018. Photo by RMV/Shutterstock (9946526o)

    Ed Sheeran created a lot of buzz for his latest album Equals, and its triumph on the charts was easy to predict. After souring to no. 1 in the UK, his new album replicated the same kind of success on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming his fourth studio album to top it.

    = aka Equals was released on October 29th, and it soared to no. 1 in the U.S. with 118,000 album-equivalent units, of which 68,000 were pure sales. This achievement comes shortly after Sheeran’s latest LP topped the charts in the UK with 139,000 units sold in its first week, marking the biggest opening week since his own album Divide in 2017.

    Equals’ success on the charts was easy to predict because the album already produced several hit singles before hitting the shelves. “Bad Habits” and “Shivers” both topped the charts in the UK and made it to the top 10 in the U.S., while the album’s release was accompanied by the release of the third single “Overpass Graffiti”.

    Sheeran also did a great job promoting his new album amid his recent Covid diagnosis. He did most of his interviews from home and went on to appear on Saturday Night Live after recovering from the virus.