÷ (album)

2017 studio album by Ed Sheeran

÷ (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.

÷
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

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic62/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Consequence of SoundC-[3]
Daily Express     [4]
The Daily Telegraph     [5]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[6]
The Guardian     [7]
The Independent     [8]
NME     [9]
Pitchfork2.8/10[10]
Rolling Stone     [11]

÷ received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Track listingEdit

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

PersonnelEdit

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

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[29] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 2
Brazilian Albums (Billboard Brasil)[32] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[34] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[35] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[36] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[37] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[38] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[40] 1
Greek Albums (IFPI)[41] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[42] 1
Irish Albums (IRMA)[43] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[44] 1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[45] 5
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON)[46] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[48] 1
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[49] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[50] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[51] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[52] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[53] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[54] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[55] 1
US Billboard 200[56] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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