Such was the force of excitement around the release that both of Sheeran's previous LPs — 2012's + and 2014's x — leaped up the charts to #4 and #3 respectively. Moves that make Sheeran, remarkably, just one of two artists featured in the top five this week, with Adele's latest album, 25, climbing to #2 and her 2011 album 21 jumping five places to #5, off the back of her current national tour.
Further back, The Waifs fell from last week's number one to #7, while new local entries from All Our Exes Live In Texas (#8), Kingswood (#10) and Methyl Ethel (#16) all cracked the top twenty and were, surprisingly, the only three new releases this week to do so.
The Sheeran chart dominance, however, is even more striking on the singles side. The stunning numbers — all 12 tracks from ÷ currently sit in the top 40, Sheeran holds three of the top five singles spots and the album's double-platinum lead song, "Shape Of You", has held on to #1 for the ninth consecutive week — all add up to one simple fact: don't expect anyone to challenge the British singer-songwriter's album #1 anytime soon.