Suffolk's Ed Sheeran gets Christmas number one

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has had a career-defining year and has ended it by landing the Christmas number one single.

The 26-year-old kicked off 2017 with the release of Shape Of You, the lead single from his third album Divide.

Ed Sheeran Credit: PA Wire

The catchy song took over the charts from its release, hitting the number one spot straight away and remaining there for 13 weeks.

In March Sheeran did the charts double when the hotly-anticipated Divide was finally released.

The record topped the charts and became the fastest-selling by a male artist ever, shifting 672,000 in both sales and streams in its opening week.

Another coup came when nine of Divide's songs were inside the top 10 while the rest of the album's tracks were within the top 20 as the record reached the chart summit.

Popular song Castle On The Hill peaked at number two, and at one point Sheeran held the top two spots of the singles chart with both that and Shape Of You looming over everything else.

Sheeran scored the charts double whammy again in December, when his song Perfect - featuring Beyonce - reached number one as Divide enjoyed another peak at the top of the albums chart.

The song then went on to claim the Christmas number one accolade, fending off competition from Eminem's River, on which Sheeran also features, and Wham! classic Last Christmas.