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Ed Sheeran Tops Pop Songs Chart With ‘Shape of You’

Sheeran scores his second No. 1 as an artist, and fourth as a writer.

Ed Sheeran takes over atop Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart with “Shape of You,” which climbs 2-1 on the list dated March 4. The song crowns the ranking with a 10 percent gain in plays among the chart’s 166 mainstream top 40 reporters in the week ending Feb. 19, according to Nielsen Music.

The track is Sheeran’s second Pop Songs No. 1 as an artist, following “Thinking Out Loud,” which led the March 21, 2015-dated list.


“Shape” is Sheeran’s fourth Pop Songs leader as a writer, however. In between his two toppers as a performer, two of his co-writes ruled in 2016: Justin Bieber‘s “Love Yourself,” for five weeks beginning on the Feb. 13 chart, and Major Lazer‘s “Cold Water,” featuring Bieber and MO (on the Oct. 1 chart).

Also on Pop Songs, the chart’s top two debuts are songs released mid-week last week: Maroon 5‘s “Cold,” featuring Future (No. 23), and Kygo and Selena Gomez‘s “It Ain’t Me” (No. 30).

Back to “Shape”: the song has led the airplay, streaming and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 for three nonconsecutive weeks and counting. Find out if the song remains atop the chart when highlights of the March 4-dated Hot 100’s top 10 post tomorrow (Feb. 21) on Billboard.com. All charts will update on the site on Wednesday (Feb. 22, a day later than usual, due to today’s President’s Day holiday).