Global star Ed Sheeran has become the first artist in Spotify history to achieve 3 million streams on a single song with “Shape of You.”
Ed Sheeran Just Keeps Adding Accomplishments to His Music Career
Ed Sheeran is undeniably one of the most successful artists in the modern era of the music industry. Having an infinite amount of nominations and awards, some of the most prominent ones are British Artist of the Year at 2014’s BBC Music Awards; Top Artist at 2018’s Billboard Music Awards, Global Success Award at 2018 and 2019’s Brit Awards; Best Pop Vocal Album at 2018’s Grammy Awards; Song of the Year at 2018’s iHeartRadio Music Awards (thanks to “Shape of You”); and Best Artist at 2021’s Europe Music Awards.
Ed has won a total of 117 awards and has been nominated for a total of 328 of them. But now, the international icon is adding one more accomplishment to the long list; as he has become the first artist to ever achieve 3 billion streams of a single song on Spotify thanks to 2017’s “Shape of You.”
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“Shape of You” Wasn’t Going to Make The Divide Album
“I’ve just heard ‘Shape of You’ has reached 3 billion streams on Spotify; which is absolutely insane,” Ed shared. “I remember this song hitting a billion and thinking that that was weird. The first song to hit 3 billion streams and I’m really, really chuffed with it. Thank you, Spotify, for your support over the years. We’ve had a great 10 years together and hopefully, we have a great 10 years more.”
He also revealed that making “Shape of You” one of the first singles of his 2017 album ÷ (Divide) was a very hard decision to make. “The song wasn’t meant to make the album… the album wasn’t done, and when I finished the song, Ben Cook from my record label was basically saying, ‘You have to put this on the album, it has to be a single.’ I said to him, ‘I want ‘Castle on the Hill’ to be the first single, that’s going to be bigger. We agreed to disagree and put both songs out at once, and I have to say that Ben; I was wrong and you were very much right.”