Ed Sheeran Debuts At #1 With “Shape Of You”

Robbie Daw | January 17, 2017 3:54 pm

In the five or so years since Ed Sheeran first touched down on the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut single, “The A Team,” the ginger-mopped crooner has kind-of, sort-of topped the chart, but not really. (He co-wrote Justin Bieber‘s third #1, “Love Yourself.” Very nice, but that doesn’t quite count.)

All that changes this week, as “Shape Of You,” one of two lead singles off Sheeran’s upcoming third LP ÷ (or Divide), has debuted atop the Hot 100. As for that other lead single from the album, “Castle On The Hill,” it’s gone in at #6, marking the first time any artist has simultaneously debuted in the Top 10 with two singles.

Billboard reports that “Shape Of You” sold 240,000 downloads in its first week, while racking up 20 million US streams. “Castle On The Hill” racked up 171,000 paid downloads and 13 million streams.

The songs now give Ed a total of five US Top 5 hits as an artist. The highest he peaked before this was at #2, with the Grammy-winning “Thinking Of You.”

Way to be, Ed.

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