Ed Sheeran Gets His First Billboard #1 Hit with ‘Shape of You’

Ed Sheeran Gets His First Billboard #1 Song with ‘Shape of You’

The singers speedy trajectory easily predicted this. Sheeran is one of the biggest artists on the planet right now with “Shape of You” debuting at #1 and his other new tune, “Castle on the Hill” at #6. That makes Sheeran the only artist in Billboards 58-year history to have two songs launch in the top 10 simultaneously.

He did come very close before with “Thinking Out Loud” which peaked at #2.

In its weeks “Shape of You” had 241,000 downloads while “Castle on the Hill” earned 171,000.

His third album “÷” (Divide) will be released on March 3 of this year. It’s follows his debut “+” (Plus) and “x” (Multiply). Sheeran told Zane Lowe on his Apple Beats radio show that “÷” was going to be released last November but he held the project because of the Blank – storm caused by the election. That wasn’t the only reason however the singer said, “And then the week after Bruno [Mars] came out, the week after The Weeknd came out and I was like…”

At least he’s honest about how he looks at competition saying, “It feels like a clean start this year not like any time I’ve come out there’s always been another person,” He’s talking mostly of Adele – He was in her shadow for awards for a stint adding, “This year it kinda feels like there’s no one there … I’m very, very confident in this year. This year is mine!” – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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