Ed Sheeran is inching his way closer to a big all-time record on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 29). His song “Shape of You” is number-one for the 12th week, which puts it in the elite company of songs like “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas (1999-2000), “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (2002-2003), “Yeah!” by Usher (2004) and “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey (2006). It’s four weeks away from a record that has stood for 21 years: “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men spent 16 weeks in the top spot in 1995-1996.
“Shape of You” is still the top song on the radio, it’s number-two on the Streaming Songs chart, and it’s number-three in digital song sales. That was good enough to hold off “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, which is back at number-two for the fourth week after last week’s dip to number-three. That pushes last week’s number-two debut song “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar down to third place. Lamar’s highly anticipated new album “DAMN” was released on Friday, April 14, so we might see increased momentum for the critically hailed rapper.
This week’s biggest debut in the Hot 100 comes in at number-four: former One Direction member Harry Styles with his debut solo single “Sign of the Times,” which he released last week and performed on the April 15 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” It’s the top song of the week in digital sales, and it marks a historic moment for One Direction. Counting Zayn‘s “Pillowtalk,” which debuted at number-one in 2016, One Direction is now the first band in Billboard Hot 100 history to have two individual members debut in the top-10.
In fifth place on this week’s chart are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay with “Something Just Like This,” which is included on the electronic dance music duo’s new number-one album “Memories…Do Not Open.” The Chainsmokers also have “Paris” on the chart at number-10 this week, which makes this their 50th week in a row in Billboard’s top-10. They’re one week away from tying Drake for the second longest run in the top-10, but they’re still way behind Katy Perry‘s record of 69 straight weeks. However, that record may be attainable if their new album produces another couple of hits. If they release another hit the size of “Closer,” which spent a record-tying 32 weeks in the top-10, they could shatter the record and then some.
What do you think of this week’s top 10? Will Sheeran continue to dominate the chart, or will he be usurped next week by Mars, Lamar or Styles? Find out who else is on the chart in the video above, and discuss this and more with your fellow music fans in our forums.