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After a record-breaking 2017, Ed Sheeran has been officially named the world’s best-selling recording artist of the year by the IFPI after the remarkable success of his album ÷ (Divide) in addition to his singles Perfect, Shape of You and Galway Girl, to name a few.

His Divide tour also smashed records in Australasia for the largest number of stadium shows in one single tour with ticket sales already exceeding 950,000. ÷ (Divide) was the global best-selling album in 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 36 markets with Shape of You also receiving the best-selling single accolade and becoming multi-Platinum in 32 markets.

This is the first time that the IFPI, the organisation that represent the global recorded music industry, has had Global Recording Artist of the Year Award winner that has had the best-selling album and single of the year. Ed Sheeran is also the fifth recipient of the award and he was given this award after his success across all music formats, from streams to vinyl.
Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group & Chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK said: ‘Being crowned the biggest star in the world, with the biggest song and biggest album, is the result of years of ambition, creativity, and hard work on a global scale.
‘Ed is truly an incredible songwriter, vocalist and performer, whose ability to tell stories and make people feel is what stands him out from the crowd. He’s always had a totally authentic connection with his fans, something he places over everything else’.
IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore added: ‘It’s wonderful to be able to announce Ed Sheeran as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2017. The success Ed has achieved is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fan base’.

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