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Ed Sheeran named 'artist of the decade'

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Image caption Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You was the UK's biggest single of the 2010s

Ed Sheeran has been named the UK's artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company.

Sheeran achieved the milestone after a combined run of 12 number one singles and albums between 2010 and 2019 - more than any other artist.

He's also had the most weeks (79) at number one in both the album and singles charts in this period.

Shape Of You was the biggest hit of the 2010s, spending 14 weeks at number one and selling more than 4.5m copies.

Sheeran thanked his followers for his success.

"Thank you to everyone who's supported me over the past 10 years, especially my amazing fans. Here's to the next 10!"

Shape Of You is one of three Sheeran singles in the top five end-of-the-decade list. Thinking Out Loud is at number three while Perfect is at number five.

Overall, Sheeran has spent 38 weeks at number one in the singles chart and sold 53.8m tracks. His songs have also been streamed 4.6 billion times in the UK alone.

In the albums chart, X is at number three followed by Divide at number four.

Top 10 singles of the decade

TitleArtist
1) Shape Of YouEd Sheeran
2) Uptown FunkMark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
3) Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran
4) Despacito (Remix)Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Bieber
5) PerfectEd Sheeran
6) One DanceDrake Ft Wizkid & Kyla
7) HappyPharrell Williams
8) All Of MeJohn Legend
9) SorryJustin Bieber
10) Rather BeClean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne
Source: Official Charts

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said Sheeran had "truly dominated" the decade.

"At the start of the decade, he was a little known, albeit highly-rated, young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk - but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable. Today, he is firmly established among the highest level of global music superstars," Talbot added.

The star's latest accolade comes a week after Spotify named him the UK's most-streamed artist of the 2010s. Globally, only Drake achieved more plays.

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Image caption Adele has the top two albums of the decade

The remainder of the top 10 biggest singles is dominated by male artists. They include Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars at number two for Uptown Funk and Justin Bieber at number nine for Sorry.

Female singers only appear as featured artists - with Kyla cited for her collaboration with Drake on the track One Dance, and Jess Glynne for singing Clean Bandit's Rather Be.

In the album charts, however, it's Adele who comes out top, holding both the first and second positions with 21 and 25 respectively.

Top 10 albums of the decade

TitleArtist
1) 21Adele
2) 25Adele
3) Multiply (x)Ed Sheeran
4) Divide (÷)Ed Sheeran
5) ChristmasMichael Buble
6) In The Lonely HourSam Smith
7) Plus (+)Ed Sheeran
8) Our Version Of EventsEmeli Sande
9) ProgressTake That
10) The Greatest ShowmanMotion Picture Cast Recording
Source: Official Charts

Her second album 21, released in 2011, has sold 5.17 million copies. It debuted at number one and spent 23 weeks at the top of the albums chart.

Her follow up 25 spent 13 weeks at the top and became the UK's fastest-selling album to date, selling 800,307 copies in its first chart week in November 2015. And Adele's debut album 19 from 2008 is the UK's 13th biggest record of the 2010s.

The only other woman in the top 10 albums is Emeli Sande who comes in at eight for Our Version Of Events.

With the chart company's data spanning an entire decade of sales, older releases tend to dominate the countdown.

The most recent album in the top 100 is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which was released in December 2017.

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Image caption Sheeran received a plaque in recognition of his chart domination

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