Ed Sheeran scores fifth Number 1 on Official Albums Chart with Equals: “Thank you for listening”

Equals claims a massive opening week, and there are new entries from Richard Ashcroft, Spice Girls and The War on Drugs.

Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals) enters straight in at Number 1 with huge opening week numbers on the Official Albums Chart. 

The record is Ed’s fifth to top the chart, and opens with 139,000 chart sales, outperforming the rest of this week’s Top 30 combined. 

It’s the biggest opening week for an album in the UK this year – and biggest since Ed’s third album Divide, just over four years ago in March 2017. 

68% of Equals’ opening week number is physical sales, including 11,600 copies on vinyl (the week’s best-seller on wax), while 18% comes from streaming, and 14% on downloads.

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Celebrating the news, Ed Sheeran told OfficialCharts.com: 

“Thank you so much for making Equals the Number 1 album in the UK this week. I don’t know what else to say, you guys are great, thank you so much for all listening to it, I hope you enjoy it. I hope to see you on tour next year.”

Ed Sheeran with his Official Number 1 Album Award for = (Equals) (Credit: OfficialCharts.com)

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Elsewhere, former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is new at Number 2 with retrospective Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1, his sixth UK Top 10 album, and the 25th anniversary re-release of Spice Girls’ iconic debut album Spice sends the record back to Number 5. 

US band The War On Drugs are the final new entry in the Top 10 this week, debuting at Number 6 with their fifth album I Don’t Live Here Anymore.

Outside the Top 10, American blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa enters the Official Albums Chart at Number 13 with Time Clocks, as heavy metal band Mastodon’s Hushed and Grim arrives at Number 14. 

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Not far behind are Motörhead, with their greatest hits collection Everything Louder Forever entering at Number 18. Another iconic rock group, Pink Floyd, debut at Number 24 with a special remixed re-issue of their thirteenth album A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Tori Amos earns her 14th Top 40 album with Ocean To Ocean, another new entry at Number 25 and finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Symphonic Suites debuts at Number 35.

Just outside the Top 40, The The are at 41 with The Comeback Special, while Billy Bragg's latest album The Million Things That Never Happened lands at Number 44. Billy joined us on The Record Club this week to discuss the album and answer fan questions. Catch a clip below or watch back in full here.

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