Ed Sheeran makes history by becoming the first act ever to chart two singles in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Shape of You” at No. 1 and “Castle of the Hill” at No. 6.
This also marks his first time atop the chart. The last of his songs to get that close was 2015’s “Thinking Out Loud” which peaked at No. 2 for a total of eight weeks.
All this is not surprising since both songs garnered millions of streams on Spotify in their first few days to chart at number 1 and 2 on the streaming service’s global chart. After a week, “Shape of You” broke a bunch of Spotify records as both songs pulled in over 88m plays.
“Shape,” the 1,061st No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 58-year history, rockets in powered most heavily by sales, as it also bows atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 240,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music. It launches at No. 4 on Streaming Songs with 20 million U.S. streams and soars 41-18 on Radio Songs with 57 million in airplay audience following its first full week of tracking.
Sheeran simultaneously starts at No. 6 on the Hot 100 with “Castle on the Hill,” which opens at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (171,000 sold) and No. 11 on Streaming Songs (13 million U.S. streams). (With both debuts, Sheeran ups his career count to five Hot 100 top 10s.) Read more…
Sheeran’s upcoming studio album – his third – titled, ÷ (pronounced “divide”) drops March 3 and is available for preorder here.
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