Ed Sheeran was bigger than Fifa and Call Of Duty last year as his ÷ album tops the 2017 Entertainment Chart

In case you needed any more proof that Ed Sheeran has had a successful year...

In case you needed any more proof that Ed Sheeran has had a successful year, his latest album ÷ has been revealed as the top selling entertainment release of 2017.

The singer-songwriter's third collection outsold every other video game and DVD/Blu-ray release last year, including FIFA 18, Call Of Duty: WWII and the Beauty and the Beast remake, as reported to today by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

÷ finished last year on just over 2.7 million combined sales - check out the Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2017 here

ERA's latest annual yearbook report, released today (March 1), also reveals that spending on entertainment (music, video and games) overtook the printed word (books, magazines and newspapers) for the first time.

The boost in entertainment sales is mainly thanks to the dramatic growth in streaming from services like Spotify, Netflix, Sky, Apple, Google and Amazon.

Research by the Leisure Industries Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University showed that Britons spent £7.2bn on music, video and games in 2017 compared with £7.1bn on books, magazines and newspapers.

The entertainment industry saw the biggest overall revenue growth in 2017, up 8.8% on 2016. Within that sector is vinyl, which saw sales up 34% year-on-year to £87.7m.

By comparison, revenue from the 'Eating Out' sector was up 7.7%, 'Alcoholic Drink' increased 6% and 'Gambling' was up 1%. 

ERA CEO Kim Bayley said: “It is an extraordinary testament to the appeal and resonance of digital entertainment services that they have helped home entertainment to hit this milestone nearly 550 years since the invention of the printing press.

"We all knew that Divide was huge, but now we can see it was more than twice as big as Moana and more than three times the success of Trolls. Many congratulations to Ed and all the people who helped make it such a success." 

The ERA Entertainment Chart 2017

POS CATEGORY TITLE ARTIST COMPANY UNITS SOLD
1 Albums Divide Ed Sheeran Warner Music 2,702,839
2 Videogames FIFA 18   Electronic Arts 2,696,721
3 Videogames Call Of Duty: WWII   Activision Blizzard 2,442,416
4 Video Beauty And The Beast (2017)   Walt Disney Studios 1,484,565
5 Video Rogue One - A Star Wars Story   Walt Disney Studios 1,380,402
6 Video Moana   Walt Disney Studios 1,293,787
7 Video Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them   Walt Disney Studios 1,279,850
8 Videogames Grand Theft Auto V   Take 2 1,080,022
9 Video Bridget Jones's Baby   Universal Pictures 1,052,753
10 Albums Human Rag'n'Bone Man Sony Music 1,001,913
11 Video Guardians Of The Galaxy - Vol 2   Walt Disney Studios 873,825
12 Video Trolls   20th Century Fox HE 872,586
13 Video Sing   Universal Pictures 805,342
14 Video Dunkirk   Warner Home Video 753,429
15 Videogames Assassin's Creed Origins   Ubisoft 679,965
16 Videogames Destiny 2   Activision Blizzard 673,551
17 Videogames Star Wars Battlefront II   Electronic Arts 658,814
18 Videogames Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy   Activision Blizzard 651,354
19 Video Despicable Me 3   Universal Pictures 631,748
20 Video Logan   20th Century Fox HE 614,631
21 Video Doctor Strange   Walt Disney Studios 612,745
22 Albums Now That's What I Call Music 96 Various Artists Sony Music/Universal Music 601,906
23 Albums Now That's What I Call Music 97 Various Artists Sony Music/Universal Music 595,547
24 Video Wonder Woman   Warner Home Video 591,316
25 Videogames Tom Clancey's Ghost Recon: Wildlands   UBISOFT 574,889
26 Albums Now That's What I Call Music 96 Various Artists Sony Music/Universal Music 560,286
27 Video Spider-Man - Homecoming   Sony Pictures 551,227
28 Video Pirates Of The Caribbean - Salazars   Walt Disney Studios 538,735
29 Video The Girl On The Train   20th Century Fox HE 525,996
30 Video La La Land   Elevation Sales 525,342
31 Albums The Thrill Of It All Sam Smith Universal Music 501,952
32 Video The Boss Baby   20th Century Fox HE 501,453
33 Video Fast & Furious 8   Universal Pictures 500,617
34 Video The Lego Batman Movie   Warner Home Video 494,446
35 Videogames Gran Turismo: Sport   Sony Computer Ent. 484,933
36 Albums Glory Days Little Mix Sony Music 468,173
37 Video Fifty Shades Darker   Universal Pictures 466,119
38 Video Hacksaw Ridge   Elevation Sales 465,138
39 Videogames Horizon Zero Dawn   Sony Computer Ent. 456,374
40 Video War For The Planet Of The Apes   20th Century Fox HE 435,440