Ed Sheeran's Comeback Songs Heading for U.K. Chart Record

Greg Williams
Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's comeback tracks are steaming toward big debuts and a new chart record in the U.K. 

Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” (Asylum) and “Castle on the Hill” are way out in front in the race for the chart title having each surpassed more than 100,000 chart sales (download and streaming) in just three days. The 215,000 combined chart sales accumulated in that time means Sheeran’s new works are outperforming the rest of the top 20 songs combined. 
 
“Shape Of You” and “Castle on the Hill” are currently locked-in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Official Singles Chart Update. If both tracks remain at the summit when the new chart is published this Friday, Sheeran will establish a new record as the first artist to enter the Official Singles Chart in the top two positions with a pair of new songs.

“Shape Of You” and “Castle on the Hill” have already claimed Spotify’s record for the most global streams in 24 hours, and the tracks are each cruising toward 4 million U.K. streams at the halfway point of the chart week, the Official Charts Company reports. 

Brits 2017 Critics Choice winner Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s "Human" (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) is at No. 3 on the Chart Update ahead of Clean Bandit’s hit “Rockabye” (Atlantic) at No. 4 and Little Mix “Touch” (Syco) completes the top five. 

Positions 7-9 are held by tracks which taste life inside the top 10 for the first time: British newcomer JP Cooper’s “September Song” (Island), Australian singer and songwriter Starley’s “Call On Me” (AATW) and Jax Jones & Raye’s dance track “You Don’t Know Me” (Polydor). 

Meanwhile, You Me at Six is on track for a second successive U.K. No. 1 album with Night People (Infectious). The rock act’s fifth studio set leads the Official Albums Chart Update by a margin of just 1,800 combined sales over the second-placed LP, Little Mix' Glory Days.

Post-Christmas promotions for George Michael's catalogue sees the late artist’s 1998 hits compilation Ladies & Gentlemen (Epic) rise to No. 4 while David Bowie's Legacy (Parlophone) soars 15-5 as fans pay tribute to the Thin White Duke in the week of the one-year anniversary of his death.