Ed Sheeran’s ÷ is the fastest selling vinyl album for 20 years

Originally published by The Vinyl Factory

An estimated 13,500 albums sold on vinyl in the first week.

Ed Sheeran inexplicably entered the world vinyl this week, as his new album ÷ became the fastest selling album on the format for twenty years.

According to data shared by the Official Charts Company, Sheeran shifted 419,000 physical copies in the first week, 13,500 which were vinyl.

In doing so, the record overtook first week sales figures from the likes David Bowie and vinyl chart regulars Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher.

Downloads included, the album sold 672,000 times in total this week, making ÷ the fastest selling record by a male artist all time. It has sold more than the rest the Official Albums Chart Top 500 combined, and, like for like, four times more than Bowie’s Blackstar, which was the fastest-selling album 2016 with 146,000 sold in the first week.

While you let that sink in, here’s a picture Ed picking up his own copy in HMV.