by Talia M.
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Ed Sheeran has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with his just released album ‘=.’ The achievement marks the multiple-GRAMMY award winner’s 4th consecutive album to top the chart, following 2019’s ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project,’ 2017’s ‘÷,’ and 2014’s ‘x.’ ‘=’ has also proven to be a global phenomenon hitting #1 in 13 other countries around the world and counting, including his native UK and Australia, where he’s logged the biggest sales week of the year.

To celebrate the arrival of ‘=.’ Sheeran returned to the famed “Saturday Night Live” stage this past weekend as the show’s musical guest for the 3rd time. In addition to stunning performances of his latest single “Shivers” and “Overpass Graffiti,” he also participated in a hilarious comedy sketch featuring host Kieran Culkin and the legendary Dionne Warwick.

Just hours after the release of his long-awaited 4th studio album, ‘=,’ Sheeran premiered the official music video for “Overpass Graffiti”, which saw him collaborating once again with award-winning director Jason Koenig. Written and produced by Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Fred Gibson, “Overpass Graffiti” is a heady, synth-rich ode to ’80s pop.

‘=’ is highlighted by the chart-topping, lead single “Bad Habits” and follow-up “Shivers,” which are simultaneously sitting in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The tracks were also featured in his recent NPR “Tiny Desk Concert,” streaming online now.

Sheeran continues his media blitz with appearances as a virtual guest on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” today before sitting down in studio for a chat on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (check local listing).

A 4x GRAMMY award winner, Sheeran was recently recognized with a raft of award show nominations, highlighted by an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Male Pop Artist, a pair of People’s Choice Awards nominations for Male Artist of 2021 and Song of 2021 (“Bad Habits”), and five MTV EMA nominations including Best Artist and Best Song (“Bad Habits”), and Best Video (“Bad Habits”).

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