Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Ed Sheeran makes chart history by taking top two spots with Shape of You and Castle on the Hill

PUBLISHED: 19:19 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 14 January 2017

Ed Sheeran. Credit: Greg Williams

Ed Sheeran. Credit: Greg Williams

Archant

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has made chart history by becoming the first artist to be numbers one and two in the chart simultaneously with his two new singles.

Sheeran, 25, marked his comeback after a year away from the music scene last week by releasing tracks Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill – the latter, which refers to Framlingham Castle, described by the singer as a “love song for Suffolk”.

Shape Of You has gone straight to number one in the singles chart followed by Castle On The Hill in second place, with total sales of 421,000 across the tracks in the past week, according to the Official Charts Company.

He has had the biggest opening week for an artist since Adele’s record-breaking November 2015 return with her song Hello, which had combined sales of 332,000 in the first seven days.

Sheeran - who is gearing up to release his third album, Divide - said: “I’m incredibly chuffed that they’ve gone straight in at number one and two today.

“Both tracks mean a huge amount to me so it really is amazing to see them go to the top of the chart together on the first week.

“I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the album in March.”

Shape Of You is Sheeran’s third number one single in the UK - he topped the charts with Sing and Thinking Out Loud in 2014.

Sheeran has achieved a new one-week streaming record, too, with each song individually beating the streaming record previously held by Drake’s One Dance, which garnered 8.9 million plays in one week last summer.

Sheeran’s success means he has finally toppled chart champions Clean Bandit off the top spot, ending their nine-week reign with Rockabye.

Earlier this week, Sheerans said he wants to perform live at the home of Ipswich Town, Portman Road.

The 25-year-old did not confirm any dates, but outlined his strong desire to play at the 30,000-seater stadium.

Ed said: “I really, really want to play Portman Road. But you get tied into deals. If you’re playing Wembley, that’s like your east and south of England gig.

“So I will definitely play Portman Road at some point. That’s one thing I really want to do.”

Related articles

Two cars have crashed on a busy road sparking traffic delays in Ipswich town centre.

The Anna Airy exhibition, staged by the Ipswich Art Society, and held at the University of Suffolk, is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar. Its a showcase for bright young talent and once again arts editor Andrew Clarke is dazzled by the work on display

There is no sign of an end to years of council austerity – and no indication of when authorities might be able to ease up on the quests for more cuts.

Donations to the Surviving Winter campaign have hit £10,000, just a week after this year’s appeal began.

A ward at Ipswich Hospital has been adorned with a unique collection of photography.

A decision on who will run a new special free school being planned for Ipswich is due to be made early next year.

Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to bring the festive season to life than the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star carol service?

The Orwell Bridge fully reopened before the rush hour this morning, Highways England has confirmed.

Traffic on the northbound A12 on the Essex and Suffolk border is being held due to an accident.

Suffolk education chiefs have accused the Government of failing to invest in education after the Budget contained no extra cash for school coffers.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24