Ed Sheeran

NEWS: Ed Sheeran Ends 2019 With Landmark Certification for ‘Perfect’!

Ed Sheeran gains a RIAA Diamond certification for his 2017 single “Perfect”!

by Christopher Smith

Global superstar Ed Sheeran ends 2019, making history once more with his chart-topping single “Perfect” earning a Diamond-certification, becoming his third to achieve sales and streams exceeding ten million in the USA. The singer-songwriter is one of only three artists to accomplish this feat and now tied for the most Diamond certified singles since the RIAA first implemented the Diamond certification over 20 years ago. “Perfect” also topped Billboard’s End Of Decade Digital Songs chart.

Likewise, Ed’s latest release, “No.6 Collaborations Project”, has now been certified Platinum. A worldwide phenomenon, the 15-track collection – featuring 22 collaborators including Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Chance the Rapper, Khalid, Meek Mill, Travis Scott and more – debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release this past Summer, marking Sheeran’s third consecutive time to debut at the top of the chart, following 2014’s “x” and 2017’s “÷”. “No.6 Collaborations Project” received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album last month, and is highlighted by 2x-Platinum certified “I Don’t Care” (with Justin Bieber) and Platinum-certified “Beautiful People” (featuring Khalid) as well as “Antisocial” (with Travis Scott) and current single “South Of The Border” (featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B), both of which have been certified Gold.

Ed, who was awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity at the end of 2017 and crowned IFPI’s best-selling recording artist in the same year, is the proud recipient of four Grammy Awards, four Ivor Novello’s, six BRIT Awards (including two consecutive wins for ‘Global Success’ in 2018 and 2019), seven Billboard Awards and more. In August, Sheeran wrapped up his record-breaking ‘Divide’ tour – officially named the highest-grossing and most attended of all time, with four homecoming shows at Chantry Park in Ipswich. Just last week, he was named UK’s Official Number one Artist Of The Decade by the Official Charts Company!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!