Ed Sheeran’s Song ‘Shape Of You’ Is The Most Streamed Song In Apple Music History With 930 Million Streams
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran was released on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with “Castle on the Hill”.
The dancehall and R&B-infused pop song was written by Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid. Due to its interpolation of “No Scrubs” by TLC, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs are also credited as writers. The song was produced by Sheeran and Mac.
According to Pop Base, “Shape of You” is the most streamed song of all time on Apple Music, with more than 930 million plays worldwide.” The song peaked at number-one on the singles charts of 34 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 (later becoming the best performing song of 2017), as well as the UK, Australian and Canadian singles charts.
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It stayed at number one for a record-tying 16 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100, as well as 14 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and 12 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. On 10 December 2018, the song became the first song to hit 2 billion streams on Spotify and is currently the 2nd most streamed song on the platform with 3.4 billion streams, behind “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd.
It was also the most-streamed song of the decade on Spotify with 2.4 billion streams by December 2019. It was the best-selling song of 2017 and the decade in the UK. “Shape of You” was the best-selling song of 2017 and the second best-selling digital song worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 26.6 million units according to IFPI.
In 2018, it sold an additional 14.9 million copies, combining a total of 41.5 million copies worldwide with the previous total sales figure, making it one of the best selling digital singles of all time. Additionally, it made a second appearance in the Billboard year-end chart in 2018, at No. 71. In 2019, it was named the number-one song on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart of the 2010s decade.
“Shape of You” was nominated for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2021, Billboard ranked “Shape of You” as the tenth most successful song of all-time.
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