On Jan. 6, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released two songs from his upcoming album ÷ (pronounced "divide" like his previous math titled albums) and both "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" have made chart history on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The tracks already crushed first day and two day streaming records worldwide and "Shape of You," geared towards the pop and adult charts, becomes the 27th song in the chart's history to debut at No. 1 reflected on the Jan. 18 update.
"Shape of You" was heavily fueled by track sales. On Digital Songs, the song debuts at No. 1 selling 240,000 copies for the tracking week ending Jan. 12. On Streaming Songs, "Shape" opens at No. 4 having 20 million hits on streaming services such as Spotify in the U.S. It blasts from No. 41 to No. 18 on Radio Songs after receiving 57 million impressions in an all-genre format. Radio airplay is tracked Monday through Sunday versus sales and streams being tracked Friday through Thursday.
"Castle on the Hill" opens at No. 6 on the Hot 100 making Sheeran the first artist to debut in the top 10 with more than one song. It sold 171,000 copies on Digital Songs and opens at No. 2, the first time an artist has taken the top two slots on that given chart. "Castle" appears at No. 11 on Streaming Songs after having 13 million listens.
"Shape" is Sheeran's first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist after 16 total entries on the chart. He's reached the top as a songwriter being a part of Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" which replaced Bieber's own "Sorry" in Feb. 2016. Sheeran's closest charting was when "Thinking Out Loud" spent eight weeks at No. 2 in 2015.
Ed Sheeran joins a short list of artists who have debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100. With the climate changing in music and how consumers obtain those songs, it's happened more frequently over the last two years. Previously, Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" became the 26th song when it would interrupt Drake's 10-week lead with "One Dance" for a single week. "Feeling!" happens to be the last Hot 100 No. 1 that does not feature other artists on the track and debuted at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 379,000 copies sold in its first week.
Before Timberlake's accomplishment, Zayn's "Pillowtalk" debuted at No. 1 making him the .first U.K. debut act to open at the top of the American chart. Adele's "Hello" roared onto the chart in late 2015 becoming the 24th song to begin its trek at the peak position.