It’s official: Ed Sheeran is the U.K.’s top recording artist of the decade. Sheeran achieved the milestone after a combined run of 12 number one singles and albums between 2010 and 2019 – more than any other artist. He’s also had the most weeks (79) at number one in both the album and singles charts in this period. Shape Of You was the biggest hit of the 2010s, spending 14 weeks at number one and selling more than 4.5m copies.
He’s the third recipient of the OCC’s award, following Justin Bieber (the first act in history to hold all top three positions in the Official Singles Chart simultaneously), and Beatles great Paul McCartney (for his 22 career No. 1s, better than any other act).
Speaking on his latest honor, Sheeran commented: “Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years. Especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10.”
Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company, noted: “Ed truly has dominated this decade and is a worthy recipient of this amazing new award.