(US) Atlantic recording artist and 3x-GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran’s latest single “Don’t” has entered the Top 10 on the Billboard “Hot 100” at #10, earning the acclaimed British singer-songwriter the highest U.S. charting single of his career thus far. “Don’t” – which also marks Sheeran’s first top 10 single in the country – is the second single off of his current album “x” (pronounced multiply), which entered the Billboard 200 at #1 upon its release in June and has been RIAA-certified Gold. “Sing” – the Platinum certified, lead single off of “x” – was the 23-year old’s previous high on the “Hot 100”, peaking at #13 this past summer, while his GRAMMY-nominated, breakout single, “The A Team,” peaked at #16 last year.
First unveiled as part of Sheeran’s memorable appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, “Don’t” shot to #1 on the US iTunes Overall Singles chart upon its release and has since been RIAA-certified Gold, with sales exceeding 500,000 units. Co-produced by Rick Rubin and Benny Blanco, “Don’t” is currently #7 at CHR/Pop and #4 at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide. The companion video for “Don’t” – directed by longtime collaborator Emil Nava, who was also responsible for the MTV VMA-award winning video for “Sing” – has logged over 18 million views.
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Sheeran recently premiered the companion music video for “Thinking Out Loud” – a fan favorite here in the U.S. and the latest single abroad – and, in just over two weeks, has already amassed over 14 million views. The beautifully-shot clip – again, directed by Nava – features Sheeran ballroom dancing, a skill he learned through intensive, five-hour training sessions over the course of ten days during the North American leg of his worldwide arena tour last month. Sheeran is currently in the midst of the UK leg of the tour, which includes four sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena.