“Castle On The Hill” also debuted in the top 10.
Ed Sheeran is the first artist ever to have two singles debut in the Top 10 simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100.
Taking a year off was kind to Ed. The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released two songs earlier this month off his forthcoming album Divide, “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which broke Spotify’s one-day streaming records and dominate the Hot 100.
According to Billboard, “Shape Of You” topped the charts, giving the singer his first No. 1 song ever (“Thinking Out Loud” peaked at No. 2). “Castle On The Hill” comes in at No. 6.
“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.)
Across the pond in the U.K., Sheeran takes both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots with “Shape” and “Castle” respectively, becoming the first artist ever to debut in the top two positions of the U.K. singles chart with new tracks.
Divide is out March 3.