Ed Sheeran’s consecutive weeks atop the U.K. album charts reached eight weeks Sunday. His sophomore album, X, was already the longest-running album atop the charts since Adele’s 21 in 2011. The singer tied James Blunt as the longest chart-topper by a male solo artist. Blunt accomplished this feat for his 2005 collection, Back to Bedlam.
According to the new Official Charts Company survey, Sheeran counties to hold off Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, which retracted from No. 3 to No. 2, trading places with Blue Smoke—The Best Of Dolly Parton. The accomplishment further highlights Sheeran’s rise to stardom in the world of music and entertainment.
The “Lego House” singer received a special shout out from Justin Timberlake during his recent Hylands Park headline set at V Festival. After performing his classic hit “Cry Me A River,” Timberlake turned to the crowed to make some noise for Sheeran and all the acts that performed prior to him. But he specially pointed out Sheeran who he called his “brother from another red-headed mother.” He then called the rising star a “bad mother**ker!”
The praise from Timberlake has fans of both stars wondering if there could be a future collaboration in the works. Before JT’s performance, Sheeran did share his admiration of Timberlake. He said:
I always find situations like that make you up your game. Because he’s such an established act and great live performer, I know I’m going to bring an extra amount of energy to that performance. I feel like I perform best when there’s competition.”
A budding bromance seems to be on the horizon. In the meantime, Sheeran is preparing to launch his North American tour. Although he feels he’s not a household name in America yet, he plans to give his audiences something to remember. He told USA Today in an interview published on Sunday, "It’s going to be entertaining if you’re a fan, and it’s going to be surprising if you’re not.” Ed Sheeran may soon be a household name all over the world, especially with number one fans like Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift.