÷ (album)

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÷
Studio album by
Released3 March 2017
Recorded2016
Genre
Length46:14
Label
Producer
Ed Sheeran chronology
''5
(2015)

÷
(2017)

÷
Singles from ÷
  1. "Castle on the Hill"
    Released: 6 January 2017
  2. "Shape of You"
    Released: 6 January 2017
  3. "Galway Girl"
    Released: 17 March 2017
  4. "Perfect"
    Released: 2017

÷ (pronounced "divide") is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was 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. both the album's lead singles.

Critical reception[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic62/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundC-[3]
Daily Express5/5 stars[4]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[6]
The Guardian2/5 stars[7]
The Independent4/5 stars[8]
NME4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork2.8/10[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]

÷ received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Track listing[change | change source]

Standard edition[12]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Eraser"  
  • McDaid
  • Sheeran[a]
3:47
2. "Castle on the Hill"  Benny Blanco 4:21
3. "Dive"  
Blanco 3:58
4. "Shape of You"  
  • Mac
  • Sheeran[a]
3:53
5. "Perfect"  Sheeran[14]
  • Will Hicks
  • Sheeran
  • Blanco[b]
4:23
6. "Galway Girl"  Mike Elizondo 2:50
7. "Happier"  
Blanco 3:27
8. "New Man"  Blanco 3:09
9. "Hearts Don't Break Around Here"  
  • Sheeran
  • McDaid
4:08
10. "What Do I Know?"  
  • Sheeran
  • McDaid
  • Vance[14]
  • McDaid
  • Sheeran
3:57
11. "How Would You Feel (Paean)"  SheeranSheeran 4:40
12. "Supermarket Flowers"  
  • Sheeran
  • McDaid
  • Levin[19]
  • Blanco
  • McDaid
  • Sheeran[a]
3:41
Total length:
46:14

Notes

Personnel[change | change source]

Adapted from AllMusic.[27]

  • Leo Abrahams – guitar
  • Laurie Anderson – viola
  • Graham Archer – engineer
  • Brent Arrowood – assistant engineer
  • Charlotte Audery – art direction, design
  • Thomas Bartlett – keyboards, piano
  • Fenella Barton – violin
  • Benny Blanco – additional production, executive producer, keyboards, producer, programming, background vocals
  • Leon Bosch – double bass
  • Liam Bradley – piano, background vocals
  • Karl Brazil – drums
  • Archie Carter – assistant engineer
  • Nick Cartledge – flute, piccolo
  • Meghan Cassidy – viola
  • Travis Cole – background vocals
  • Ben Cook – A&R
  • Nick Cooper – cello
  • Johnny Costello – art direction, design
  • Damian McKeeaccordion, background vocals
  • Mandhira De Saram – violin
  • Matthew Denton – violin
  • James Dickenson – violin
  • Dj Final – scratching
  • Alison Dods – violin
  • Eamon Murraybodhrán, background vocals
  • Mike Elizondo – drum programming, keyboards, piano, producer, synthesizer bass
  • Brian Finnegan – tin whistle
  • Michael Freeman – assistant mixer
  • Duncan Fuller – assistant, assistant engineer
  • Geo Gabriel – background vocals
  • Oscar Golding – bass
  • Sean Grahamaccordion, background vocals
  • Laurence Love Greed – piano
  • Charys Green – clarinet
  • Peter Gregson – cello, conductor
  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering
  • Adam Hawkins – engineer
  • Wayne Hernandez – background vocals
  • Will Hicks – electric guitar, percussion, producer, programming
  • Ed Howard – A&R
  • Martyn Jackson – violin
  • Katherine Jenkinson – cello
  • Magnus Johnston – violin
  • Marije Johnston – violin
  • Matt Jones – assistant
  • Simon Hewitt Jones – violin
  • Patrick Kiernan – violin
  • Trevor Lawrence Jr. – drums
  • Chris Laws – drums, engineer
  • Jay Lewis – drums
  • Tim Lowe – cello
  • Steve Mac – keyboards, producer
  • Ammar Malik – background vocals
  • Kirsty Mangan – violin
  • John Mayer – electric guitar
  • Johnny McDaid – guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano, producer, programming, background vocals
  • Jeremy Morris – violin
  • L'Angelo Mysterioso – guitar
  • Niamh Dunnefiddle, background vocals
  • George Oulton – assistant
  • Pino Palladino – bass
  • Phillip Peterson – strings
  • Dann Pursey – engineer
  • Jan Regulski – violin
  • Rachel Roberts – viola
  • David Rowan – cover art, photography
  • Mikey Rowe – keyboards
  • Joe Rubel – drum programming, engineer, guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer
  • Ben Russell – double bass
  • Kotono Sato – viola
  • Chris Sclafani – engineer
  • Robert Sellens – assistant engineer
  • Ed Sheeran – bass, body percussion, cello, cover painting, drums, executive producer, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, percussion, producer, vocals, background vocals
  • Matthew Sheeran – string arrangements
  • Hilary Skewes – coordination
  • Francis Farewell Starlite – background vocals
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Geoff Swan – assistant mixer
  • Leo Taylor – drums
  • Ryan Tedder – piano
  • John Tilley – Hammond organ, piano
  • Jessie Ware – background vocals
  • Andy Wells – assistant
  • Deborah Widdup – violin

Charts[change | change source]

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Chart (2017) Peak
position
Brazilian Albums (Billboard Brasil)[28] 1
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON)[29] 2

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Platinum 30,000x
Belgium (BEA)[32] Platinum 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 4× Platinum 320,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[34] 3× Platinum 60,000^
France (SNEP)[35] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[36] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[37] 3× Platinum 18,000x
Italy (FIMI)[38] Platinum 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[39] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[40] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[41] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[43] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 7× Platinum 2,100,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Platinum 743,000[45]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[change | change source]

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