‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer Ed Sheeran makes Guinness World Record

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Singer Ed Sheeran Poses Backstage After Winning The Award For Best Male Video For 'Sing'.
Singer Ed Sheeran poses backstage after winning the award for best male video for "Sing" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California August 24, 2014. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

Ed Sheeran has set another record with his hit song “Thinking Out Loud.” Released on June 18, 2014, the song served as a promotional single from the English singer-songwriter’s second studio album “x.”

It took 19 weeks for “Thinking Out Loud” to reach the top of the United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart. This means the romantic ballad set a record for the longest climb to number one on the said UK Singles Chart, according to the new Guinness World Records 2016 book.

On July 5, 2014, “Thinking Out Loud” debuted at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. It was on Nov. 8, 2014 when it peaked at number one after Sheeran performed it live on the UK talent show “The X Factor.”

Co-written by Sheeran and Wales-based songwriter Amy Wadge, “Thinking Out Loud” was produced by Jake Gosling and was the third single to be released from Sheeran’s “x” album. Both Wadge and Gosling are Sheeran’s frequent collaborators.

In October 2014, the music video “Thinking Out Loud” was released on YouTube. In the video, which is almost five minutes long, Sheeran dances ballroom with “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10 contestant Brittany Cherry.

Aside from peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart, “Thinking Out Loud” also topped the charts in several countries including Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa and the Netherlands. It did not peak at number one in the United States, but it managed to reach the top 10.

On Sept. 4, Sheeran will start the third and final leg of his North American tour at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The average secondary market price for the tickets over his 15-show run in the U.S. and Canada is now $187.40, which is 34.8 percent more expensive than the $139 average over the first leg, according to TiqIQ.

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