For yet another week, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" is controlling the lead on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart as seen on the April 18 update. The lead single taken from the No. 1 album Divide spends its 12th week at No. 1 as it continues to gain in radio airplay even after three months. The song however is entering a mix of tracks that have the potential to overthrow it much like in the U.K. after 13 weeks.
"Shape" sits at No. 2 on Streaming Songs only down a modest 4 percent on the chart with 41.5 million listens including through on-demand services. Sheeran's track that is only the 34th song to lead for 10 or more weeks falls on Digital Songs, the most significant hit in this tracking week which ended on April 13. "Shape" dipped to No. 3 suffering a 13 percent decline after selling 66,000 copies. The sales chart has a new leader as Harry Styles' "Sign of the Times" debuts at the top with 142,000 downloads.
It's currently Radio Songs that is having such an impact on the Hot 100 success in the later weeks of its reign. In its 10th week as the airplay leader, "Shape" remains the most heard song in the U.S. in an all-genre format, any station that gives it spins. Still rising with another 3 percent, "Shape of You" received 185 million impressions across the country.
It won't be impossible for "Shape" to be dethroned as Styles' No. 4 entry and Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" are looking to snag the peak position. Mars' sits at No. 2 on Digital selling 73,000 downloads, No. 2 with 151 million radio impressions and No. 6 from No. 3 with 34.6 million streams (though the song is up more than 5 percent). Overall, "That's What I Like" is at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and eyeing a takeover.
In the U.K., "Sign of the Times" maims the 13 week lead by "Shape of You" as it entered the U.K. Official Singles Chart Top 100 with 3.5 million streams and 39,000 downloads.