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"Supermarket Flowers"
Promotional single by Ed Sheeran
from the album ÷
Released 2 March 2017 (2017-03-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2017
Length 3:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
÷ track listing
"How Would You Feel (Paean)"
(11)
"Supermarket Flowers"
(12)
"Barcelona"
(13)

"Supermarket Flowers" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was included on his third studio album ÷ (2017).[1] After the album's release it charted at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was released as a promotional single following Sheeran's performance at the 2018 Brit Awards.

Background[edit]

The song is the 12th and final track on the standard version of Sheeran's third studio album ÷.

In an interview with MTV, Sheeran revealed that the song is about his late grandmother. He said "She was in a hospital near my house where I was making the album so I saw her quite a lot while making the album and she passed away while I was in the studio. So that's my first reaction for anything that happens to me, good or bad, pick up a guitar." He also said that the song is supposed to "really make you cry".[3] Sheeran had not intended to put the song in the album 'Divide' as it was simply a personal tribute to his grandmother that was written from the viewpoint of his mother. His father first suggested that he should play the song at her funeral, which he did, and his grandfather then urged that it should be included in the album after hearing it at the funeral.[4] Sheeran said: "My grandfather just turned to me [at the funeral], he was like you have to put that out, that has to go on the record. It's such a good memory, that's why it’s ended up on there."[5]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[25] Gold 45,000^
Italy (FIMI)[26] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (3 March 2017). "Ed Sheeran, Divide, album review: Singer-songwriter's third record is impressive for ambition alone". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Divide and conquer: Ed Sheeran smashes UK chart records with new album and dominates singles rankings". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Pell, Mike (3 March 2017). "Exclusive! Ed Sheeran Reveals The Touching Story Behind 'Supermarket Flowers". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Zane Lowe (3 February 2017). Zane Lowe and Ed Sheeran, Pt 2. iTunes. Event occurs at 46:30–50:00. 
  5. ^ "Ed Sheeran's Song 'Supermarket Flowers' Isn't Actually About His Mum & Here's Why". Capital FM. 7 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  9. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201710 into search. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 10, 2017". Hitlisten. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles – SNEP (Week 10, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Supermarket Flowers". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 10" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Week of November 6, 2017". Billboard Philippines. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Ed Sheeran: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Ed Sheeran Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  22. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers". Music Canada. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Ed Sheeran "Supermarket Flowers"". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Italian single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 May 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Supermarket Flowers in the search field and then press Enter.

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