Ed Sheeran has a lot to celebrate right now. His beloved England soccer team has booked a semi-final spot in the Euros, and his new single “Bad Habits” (Asylum) debuts at No. 1 in the U.K.
“Bad Habits” notches 92,000 chart sales this week, including 8.7 million streams, according to the OCC, to give Sheeran his 10th U.K. No. 1.
These are winning days for Sheeran. “I’m absolutely over the moon, and did not expect this start at all,” he writes on Instagram. “I’ve been away for such a long time that I know it’s gonna take a bit to get back to normal, so was expecting this tune to build as the weeks went on, but to debut so high week one is phenomenal, and something that after a decade in this industry I do not take for granted.”
The singer and songwriter becomes just the ninth act to reach that double-figures atop the leaderboard. He joins Calvin Harris and Eminem on 10 No. 1 singles across their careers. Only Take That (12), Madonna (13), Cliff Richard and Westlife (14) and The Beatles (17) and Elvis (21) have more chart crowns.
“Thank you so much for giving this era such a flying start,” he continues. “Loads more music on the way soon, but for now I’m gonna crack open a beer and toast to you lot.”