Ed Sheeran beats out Adele to be named artist of the decade with 53.8m singles sold – The Sun

IN 2009, Ed Sheeran was a complete unknown – but fast-forward ten years and he has been crowned the UK’s official No1 artist of the decade.

Figures released show that during a monumental career he has so far achieved 12 No1s across the singles and albums charts – more than anyone else – and spent a total of 79 weeks in the top spot.

He has now been presented with this Official Record Breaker award by the Official Charts Company, which reveals the top 100 albums and singles.

Ed’s total chart domination has seen him sell 53.8million singles, while no other act has scored more Top Five, Top Ten or Top 20 hits from 2009 to 2019.

Shape Of You is the biggest single of the decade and is followed by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, which has racked up 3.28million sales.

Drake claims the longest-running No1 of the decade with One Dance, which spent 15 weeks at the top and sold 3.04million copies to be the sixth best-seller.


Despite Ed’s dominance, it is Adele who claims the top two most popular albums of the last ten years.

Her second album, 21, has sold 5.17million copies to finish 1.59million ahead of her third release, 25, on 3.58million copies.

Sam Smith claims the biggest debut album of the decade.




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