Ed Sheeran returned to “The Tonight Show” on April 17 to perform his next official single from ÷ (Divide), “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran first dropped the track which pays homage to his Suffolk, England home back on Jan. 6 and it has peaked at the No. 2 spot on several charts including his native UK Official Singles Chart.
“Castle” currently holds a No. 10 UK Singles position, having been in the Top 10 on that chart for 14 weeks. Sheeran played the energetic, nostalgic song with a full band and backup singers on “The Tonight Show.” He delivered acoustic performances of it in its initial promo run after it first dropped. The song sounds more full-bodied with the band. But, the acoustic version still rocks.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter’s lead single “Shape of You,” holds a No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for its twelfth consecutive week. And, it was recently bumped out of first place on the UK Official Singles Chart by Harry Styles’ debut solo single “Sign of the Times.” Meanwhile, Divide maintains its place atop the UK Official Albums Chart for the sixth week in a row.
Sheeran has essentially dominated the music landscape for the first quarter of 2017 with his critically-acclaimed third studio album. He broke global streaming records when “Shape” and “Castle” dropped simultaneously as his first pair of new singles following his year-long professional hiatus. “Castle’s” official music video has garnered over 151 million views on YouTube since it was posted, with “Shape’s” video speeding toward a billion views, having amassed over 788 million views to date.
It’s easy, then, to understand why Sheeran looks happy and relaxed during his return to “The Tonight Show” stage to play “Castle on the Hill.” It’s been a great year so far for the British native star and his international chart success doesn’t really show any signs of a dramatic drop any time soon.
Watch Ed Sheeran’s full “Tonight Show” performance in the attached video. Ed Sheeran is currently touring to support Divide. Click here for AXS-ticketed shows and stay tuned to AXS for Ed Sheeran updates.