Ed Sheeran Divides the Charts with New Album
March 13, 2017 • 102 views
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After nearly a year off the grid, Ed Sheeran returns to the music industry, announces an album a day after and breaks records once it’s been released. His third studio album, Divide, or ÷ , dropped last Friday and received nearly sixty million streams on Spotify within that day, breaking the record which was last set by The Weeknd’s Starboy.
The first single off the record, “Shape of You” “set the record for best one day streams for a track” as well, with more than ten million streams in twenty-four hours (Billboard). Upon release, all sixteen songs appeared on the Global Top 50 chart.
The album’s tracks vary from making one want to cry their eyes out to having an adrenaline rush and wanting to dance all over the room; so in order to avoid a massive emotional meltdown, a list to guide the song selection lies below:
“Eraser”- The opener, he emphasizes how no matter the amount of pain a person endures, they’ve got to “erase” it and carry on, it will blow over one day.
“Castle on the Hill”- Sheeran reminisces on his childhood within this track, how he broke his arm, would drink with his friends and share a kiss with a girl while watching the sunset.
“Dive”- The desire for his significant other to be honest with him is apparent throughout the song; he doesn’t want to get into a relationship without knowing she’s in it for the long run.
“Shape of You”- The iconic first single. It’s the typical story of boy meets girl and is head over heels for her and the way she moves her body.
“Perfect”- The most beautiful love song of all time, he’s explaining their love story and how perfectly compatible they are, “She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home.”
“Galway Girl”- One of the two full-on Irish songs on the album. Tells the story of an Irish fiddle player that he had met on the streets whom he promised to write a song for.
“Happier”- THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF THE SONG TITLE. This track will cause a waterfall of tears to emerge. He realizes her new boyfriend makes her happier than he ever did, “I saw that both your smiles were twice as wide as ours.”
“New Man”- A girl definitely broke his heart, he points out he does not wish to hear about her new relationship as he is cognizant the new boyfriend wouldn’t want to hear about him.
“Hearts Don’t Break Around Here”- Ed’s perception of how he will grow old with whom he falls in love with and how he will care for her.
“What Do I Know?”- Ed sharing his perspective on life. Basically describing how people are only focused on the money, while he will “be sitting back with a song that he wrote” enjoying life and the love that comes along with it.
“How Would You Feel (Paean)”- Follows the album’s focus of typical stories of falling in love.
“Supermarket Flowers”- A beautiful track that will truly break your heart listening to. A tribute to his grandmother who “was very ill during the time I was making the record and passed away at the end of me making the record so we wrote this song as a tribute and just left it on.”
“Barcelona”- Ed Sheeran singing in Spanish to an upbeat sound, always an amazing time to listen to.
“Bibia Be Ye Ye”- Directs the listeners to Sheeran’s broader array of sounds out of his comfort zone. Exhibits an upbeat tune with a higher pitched electric guitar to bring the songs true happiness out.
“Nancy Mulligan”- Appears to be the story of his grandparents, a spontaneous marriage occurred and the two did not care what others thought as in their country of Ireland, a Catholic could not marry a Protestant; “don’t care about religion.”
“Save Myself”- A very personal, yet relatable message. Sheeran explains that you need to put yourself first and “save yourself” before helping anyone else or life might get you really down.
Sheeran remains the most streamed artist on Spotify with over forty five million monthly listeners (I being one of them). According to Billboard, Divide is the largest debut of the year so far.