"I didn't really take any notice" of "Perfect," Matt admits of the first time that Ed played him the eventual No. 1 smash.
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Matt Sheeran joins as our special guest, offering details of the process that led to brother Ed's "Perfect" becoming a six-week No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Official UK Singles chart.
"We were in the car and he was playing me new songs," Matt remembers of the first time that he heard the ballad. "'Perfect' was the least-produced one … sort of out-of-tune guitar, very rough recording. All the other ones were more produced. I really didn't take any notice of it, to be honest.