On a Friday last month, Ed Sheeran set in motion a record-smashing chart streak with the release of “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”. He’s gone and done another end-of-week double-drop, this time sharing a pair of “Shape of You” remixes.
The timing is particularly sweet for Stormzy. The rapper, nominated for the British Breakthrough Artist Award (ultimately won by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man), today releases his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer. Listen to the remix here.
Sheeran teased the releases ahead of Wednesday’s awards ceremony. “I’ve got two things dropping on Friday that are pretty interesting,” he revealed in a BBC Radio 1 interview just hours before the big show. “One that gets debuted at the Brits, which I think people will go a bit nuts for.” He added, “It’s something that I think nobody is expecting. I think it’ll be decent.” In the 24 hours after he posted it to his YouTube channel, the video of Sheeran ‘s Brits medley has chalked up more than 3 million views.
It’s only a handful of weeks old but “Shape of You” is already Sheeran’s biggest hit to-date. It smashed streaming records, gave the artist his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (where it has led for a third total week), and has resided at No. 1 on the U.K. and Australian singles charts every week since its Jan. 6 release.
The original version of the track will appear on Sheeran’s third album Divide, due out March 3.