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Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' is by far the World's best-selling Album of 2017 with 9.636 million equivalent sales by December 31, 2017, more than twice as much as the runner-up, Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn'! 'Divide' is Ed's third studio album, released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" were released as the album's lead singles on 6 January 2017. The album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, selling 672,000 units in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a male artist there and the third-highest opening behind Adele's '25' and Oasis' 'Be Here Now'. It topped the UK Albums Chart for a total of 7 non-consecutive weeks in 2017, the longest amount of time since Adele's 21 held the summit in 2011 and 2012. 'Divide' was the UK's highest selling album of the year with over 2,128,000 copies sold by the end of 2017.

'Divide' debuted at N°1 on the US Billboard 200 with 451,000 album-equivalent units, of which 322,000 were pure album sales. The tracks collectively achieved 134.6 million streams in the United States in the album's first week of availability. Ten songs from the album also debuted on the Hot 100 the same week, joining the three songs already on the chart, including "Shape of You" in its seventh week at N°1. In its second week, it stayed on top of Billboard 200 with 180,000 units (87,000 copies sold), which qualified it for a Gold certification from the RIAA on 22 March 2017. By July 2017, tracks from the album had accumulated over one billion audio streams in the US. As of December 2017, 'Divide' has sold 1,102,000 copies in the US, and was the year's second album to pass that mark after Taylor Swift's 'Reputation'.

Worldwide, outside the US and UK, the Album went to N°1 in 23 other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. On the day of its release, the tracks of the album achieved a total of 56.73 million streams on Spotify in a single day, breaking the previous record of 29 million for Starboy by The Weeknd in November 2016.

In Ireland, 'Divide' opened at N°1, with all three of Sheeran's albums in the top five. Furthermore, the entire top 16 of the Irish Singles Chart consisted only of songs from the album. In Australia, the album opened at N°1 with a double Platinum certification in its first week, selling 97,014 copies. Sheeran also achieved a record for having 18 songs in the Australian top 40 in the same week—16 from the album and two from Sheeran's other albums, which were also in the top five of the albums chart. It has since held the nation's summit a total of 21 non-consecutive weeks, the ninth longest total time spent there. 'Divide' was Australia's highest selling album of 2017 with more than 420,000 copies sold throughout the year.

'Divide' debuted at N°2 in France, selling 40,900 copies. After five months of availability, it was certified three-times platinum there, after selling 300,000 units (sales and streaming). As of December 2017, it exceeds 334,000 sales in France. By the end of 2017, 387,000 units (physical and downloads) had been sold in France according to Pure Charts. It was ranked second on the year-end album sales chart.

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Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' is by far the best-selling Album by a Female Artist in 2017 with year end sales of 2,981,000! 'Reputation' is Taylor's sixth studio album, released on November 10, 2017, through Big Machine Records. The record was produced by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor herself, who also serves as the executive producer. Ed Sheeran and American rapper Future featured on the Album.

Worldwide, 'Reputation' sold two million copies in its first week. A week prior to the album's release, pre-orders for it were reported to be over 400,000 units in the United States alone. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold roughly 700,000 copies during its first day in the country and 1.05 million within four days of release, becoming 2017's biggest-selling album in the US! The album ultimately became Swift's fifth N°1 Album on the US Billboard 200 when it debuted atop the chart with 1.238 million album-equivalent units that consisted of 1.216 million traditional sales, becoming her fourth album to sell a million copies in the country in its first week. As a result, Swift became the only act to have four albums sell over a million copies there within a week since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. 'Reputation' also had the largest album opening in the United States since Adele's '25' in 2015, as well as the 10th largest overall sales week in the US for an album since Nielsen SoundScan tracked its sales, and became the first album since '25' to sell a million copies there within a week. It additionally sold more that week than any other album on the chart combined! With 256,000 more album-equivalent units earned and another 232,000 copies sold the week after, 'Reputation' stayed at N°1 and became the 1st Album to top the country's chart for two weeks since Jay-Z's 4:44, the first by a female to overall spend more than one week at the summit since Rihanna's Anti in 2016, and the first by a female to hold the highest position for its first two weeks since Adele's '25'. 'Reputation' then became the fourth album to spend three or more weeks at the top spot during 2017 after 'Starboy' by The Weeknd, 'More Life' by Drake, and 'Damn' by Kendrick Lamar as well as the first album since '25' by a female artist to do so overall, receiving 147,000 more album-equivalent units and selling an additional 131,000 copies during its third week. The album subsequently dropped to N°3 in its fourth week with 70,000 copies sold and 112,000 album-equivalent units earned before returning to the top spot three weeks later. 'Reputation' has since sold a total of 2,336,000 copies in the US, and has been certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

After selling 50,000 copies in Canada during its first day on sale, the LP also became Swift's fifth Album to top the Canadian Albums Chart, entering at N°1 with 80,000 copies among 81,000 consumption units. It had the country's largest opening for an album since Drake's 'Views' in 2016. The record then sold 15,000 more copies and earned another 17,000 consumption units the following week, giving Swift her fourth consecutive Album to spend more than one week at Canada's top spot. After receiving an additional 11,000 consumption units during its third week, 'Reputation' became the first album since 'Damn' to spend three consecutive weeks atop the Canadian charts and gave the singer her second-longest run at N°1 behind '1989'.

The album sold over 65,000 copies in the United Kingdom within three days, and opened atop the UK Albums Chart with 84,000 copies, becoming Tay's third album to reach the top of the Official UK chart. 'Reputation' also had the UK's fifth-biggest album opening sales week of 2017. The Album has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In Australia 'Reputation' had the third largest opening of the year with first week sales of 54,976 copies behind Sheeran's 'Divide' and Pink's 'Beautiful Trauma', giving Tay her fourth N°1 Album on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Reputation' stayed atop the chart for another week and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), giving the singer her fifteenth week at N°1.

'Reputation' also debuted at N°1 in Ireland and New Zealand, and was certified gold by the Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ) for shipments of 7,500 units.

The album also topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland.

'Reputation''s lead single, "Look What You Made Me Do", broke several major records, including the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify. It hit N°1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with the biggest sales and streaming figures of the year, becoming the fifth song by Swift to top the chart and also the first solo N°1 by a woman with 84.4 million streams since Adele's "Hello" in 2015 and the second biggest after "Harlem Shake" (103.3 million). Its accompanying music video was viewed 43.2 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours, the most in any video in history breaking the record of 36 million views of "Gentleman" in 2013."Look What You Made Me Do" topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It has also received Platinum certifications in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, and the United States. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and became the most-watched music video within 24 hours. In September, Swift released a second song titled "...Ready for It?". Commercially, "...Ready for It?" reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well as the top 20 in Ireland and Lebanon. On October 20, 2017, Swift released a third song off the Album entitled "Gorgeous". The song has reached top ten in Australia, Canada, Hungary, and Malaysia as well as the top twenty in United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland.

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Ed Sheeran is the big winner of 2017. His album 'Divide', released in March, sold over 9.636 million equivalent sales globally by the end of the year, more than twice as much as the runner-up, Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn'. Sheeran’s “Divide” was the top-selling album of 2017 in the U.S., logging total equivalent sales of 2.76 million copies, a figure that unites sales and streaming data, according to final year-end music consumption data compiled by Nielsen Music. It was one of just two albums, with Taylor Swift’s “Reputation,” to sell more than 1 million physical units at a time when most consumers are streaming their favorite songs and albums rather than purchasing digital downloads or physical CDs or other formats. 'Divide' was the UK's highest selling album of the year with over 2,128,000 copies sold by the end of 2017 after topping the Official UK Albums Chart for a total of 20 non-consecutive weeks, the longest since Adele's '21' in 2011 and 2012. '÷' was Australia's highest selling album of 2017 with over 420,000 copies sold throughout the year after 22 non-consecutive weeks atop the ARIA Album chart! It sold 387,000 units in France (physical and downloads) and was the 2nd best-selling Album on the year-end album sales chart.
 
Sheeran's blockbuster hit single "Shape of You" was the world's best-selling Single of 2017. On 21 September 2017 it became the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, with over 1.32 billion streams. It was also the best-selling song in the US with 2.3 million copies sold, the only song to sell over 2 million and it was the most streamed song in the US with 799.7 million combined audio and video streams. The smash hit spent 12 weeks at N°1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and 59 weeks total on that chart, the longest run for a single in the history of the chart.
 
"Shape Of You' was also the UK's highest selling and most streamed track of 2017 with 787,000 copies sold and 248 million streams throughout the year after 14 non consecutive weeks atop the UK Official chart. The Song was also the best-selling in Canada after spending 16 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100! In Australia, "Shape of You" was the highest selling song of 2017 with 630,000 copies sold by the end of the year. It topped the ARIA chart for 15 weeks, breaking a record set 22 years ago by Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise". 


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Em's 'Revival' is the World's best-selling Album having debuted atop the
global Album chart this week with 602,000 equivalent sales. 267,000 of
those sales were in America according to Nielsen Music / Billboard and
132,000 were in the UK according to Official Charts Company / Music
Week.


Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' sold another 395,000 units, nearly 50% more than
last week! The Album 'Divide' was powered by Ed's smash hit "Perfect"
which is N°1 on the global track chart. Ed's 'Divide' has already
surpassed 9.3 million in eqivalent sales since its release in March this
year.


Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' is N°3 this week with 219,000 sales, a 22%
increase and has sold over 2.8 Million so far globally.


SAM SMITH's 'The Thrill Of It All' is at N°4 on the global chart after
selling another 198.000 in equivalent sales this past week and over 1.4
million so far!


P!nk's 'Beautiful Trauma' moves up from,6 to 5 after selling another
171.000 copes for a grand total of over 1.8 million so far.


New entry at N°6 for G-Eazy's 'The Beautiful & Damned" with equivalent
sales of 146.000.


U2's 'Songs of Experience' slips from 4 to 7 this week after selling
another 145.000 in equivalent sales and a total of over 750,000 since
its release.


At N°8 is Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' with equivalent sales of 139.000
and a total of over 11.6 million since its release in October 2011.


New entry at N°9 for the late Johnny Hallyday's 'Les Plus Belles
Chansons' with 109.000 in equivalent sales and over 300.000 since its
release.


Pentatonix's 'A Pentatonix Christmas' holds at N°10 with 99.000 in
equivalent sales this week and over 1.65 million so far!


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Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" tops the global track chart for a 3rd consecutive
week! The original version was powered this week not only by the duet
version with Beyoncé but also by the "Perfect" Symphony with Andrea
Bocelli.


"River" Eminem's latest duet with Ed Sheeran, debuts at N°4.


Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" slips one slot to N°5
and Wham!''s "Last Christmas" rockets from N°19 to N°7, the highest peak
since its release year 1984 after a sales campaign of Andrew Ridgeley's,
dedicated to his bandmate George Michael who passed away one year ago.




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