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New Around the World: Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s ‘Peru’ Debuts on Global Charts

The cross-continental track arrives on both the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. surveys.

Once again, Mariah Carey rules the Jan. 8-dated Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” pacing seven holiday titles in the top 10 of the former chart and six on the latter.

With seasonal jingles still storming the latest global tallies (whose data tracking week encompassed Dec. 24-30), only four songs muster up debuts on both of this week’s lists. One of those is the Fireboy DML (from Nigeria) and Ed Sheeran (U.K.) team-up “Peru.” The cross-continental collaboration arrives at Nos. 51 and 71 on the Global Excl. U.S. and Global 200 rankings, respectively.


Fireboy DML originally dropped “Peru” solo in July, while its remix with Sheeran arrived Dec. 24. In the tracking week following the revamped version’s release (Dec. 24-30), “Peru,” all versions combined, yielded 23.4 million streams and sold 3,300 downloads worldwide, up 341% and 899%, respectively, week over week.

Meanwhile, the week’s increases for “Peru” were larger outside the U.S. than domestically: Domestically, “Peru” is up by 622% in sales and 283% in streams, compared to non-U.S. increases of 1,196% in sales and 355% in streams. Perhaps that isn’t shocking, considering neither act on the song is from America, even if Sheeran has attained superstar status in the U.S. among his lofty global profile.

Meanwhile, “Peru” marks another in a series of songs by African artists making inroads on the global charts of late. Fireboy DML follows Wizkid (“Essence,” featuring Justin Bieber and Tems), CKay (“Love Nwantiti [Ah Ah Ah]”) and Amaarae (“Sad Girlz Luv Money,” with Moliy and featuring Kali Uchis) as acts in lead roles that have hit the top 100 of both tallies, all in the last six months.