Ed Sheeran’s “Subtract” Hits No. 1 in the UK as the Fastest-Selling Album of the Year

Ed Sheeran performs at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival
Ed Sheeran performs at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival. Photo by James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock (8879513ej)

Ed Sheeran did a pretty great job teasing his new album and he’s finally reaping the fruits of his labor. Subtract debuted at No. 1 in the UK after selling 76,000 copies during its first week on the chart, becoming the fastest-selling album of the year in this country.

Sheeran’s Subtract surpassed Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd by 25,000 chart units, and its sales consisted of 71% in physical copies and 10% in digital downloads. Sheeran boasts a perfect six No. 1 in the UK after his latest triumph, with all of his studio albums reaching the top spot in the UK.

Sheeran failed to replicate the same kind of success in the US, where he fell to Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time, which returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the tenth consecutive week. Subtract debuted at No. 2 in this country, with 112,000 equivalent album units earned.

Subtract was released via Asylum and Atlantic Records on May 5, and it was preceded by singles “Eyes Closed” and “Boat”.  Sheeran envisioned it as a visual album and released music videos for all of its tracks on the day of its release.