Ed Sheeran and Beyonce’s appropriately-titled “Perfect Duet” is headed for number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “In the tracking week ending tonight, Dec. 7, the song should sell 160,000 or more downloads, according to preliminary data,” writes Billboard chart analyst Gary Trust. “Such a sum could be enough to propel ‘Perfect’ past [Post Malone’s] ‘Rockstar’ and crown the Hot 100.” He also confirms that Queen Bey will be credited given that the duet version “could account for two-thirds of the song’s sales in the week.”
That’s good news for members of The Hive, Beyonce’s fiercely loyal fanbase, who have been waiting nine, long years for another number one. Of course, she last topped the chart in 2008 with seminal hit “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” If “Perfect” reaches the summit, it will become the superstar’s 6th number one as a solo artist and 10th overall. (She also nabbed four with Destiny’s Child). Given the top three success of the “Mi Gente” remix and number 14 debut of Eminem collaboration, “Walk On Water,” it’s been quite a year for Bey given that she is technically off-cycle.