Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Becomes First Song to Pass 3 Billion Spotify Streams

While the songs with a billion-plus streams aren’t that uncommon — Spotify’s “Billions Club” playlist has more than 190 songs, including several others from Sheeran — three billion is a first.
Sheeran clearly saw the milestone coming, as he quickly posted a video on Instagram talking about it.
The songsmith unashamedly sticks to his winning formula on album four, which makes perfect sense commercially. In its review, Variety wrote: Ultimately, you already know if you’re going to like “=.” If Sheeran’s previous albums evoked a genuine emotional response, you’re in for a treat. However, you can’t help but think that a master melody-maker like Sheeran still has something extraordinary up his sleeve. If not, this isn’t going to change your mind. Earlier this year, Ed Sheeran dropped his fourth studio album, = (EQUALS), which took the #1 spot on the Spotify Top 10 Album Debuts charts both globally and in the U.S.
In the video, Sheeran says he couldn’t be more “chuffed” about the news, calling it, “absolutely insane,” before discussing the origin of the song. “ [‘Shape Of You’] Wasn't really meant to make the album,” he says, “but when I finished making the song, Ben Cook, from my label, said it had to be a single – but I wanted ‘Castle on the Hill’ to be the single. Here we are with ‘Shape of You’ at 3 billion.” We put both songs out at once and…I was wrong.
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On Wednesday, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the first single from his third studio album, ÷ (Divide), became the first song to reach three billion streams on Spotify.

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