By Jack Barnes
Ed Sheeran is only 7 days away from making iTunes Top 100 chart history; the only thing that’s stopping him is his good friend Harry Styles. Ed Sheeran’s song “Shape of you” tops the chart for the 13th week at #1 on the Australian singles charts for this week. If he keeps the lead in the next 7 days, he will match “Fernando”, by ABBA- This is the longest running #1 single in the Australian charts after it sat at #1 for 14 weeks in the 70s.
All he needs is 14 more days at the top of the charts to top that record.
Currently Sheeran is (Quite ironically) competing with himself – as the single “Shape of you” sold 19366 copies in Australia last week, and his new single ” Galway girl sold 15000 copies and currently holds the chart at #2 Non the less, Harry Styles is the new contender which may stand in Sheeran’s path of breaking the #1 stop record.
Harry Styles’ new debut single “Sign of the Times” sprang up to #1 on iTunes upon its’ debut last Friday. There are reports that it is currently surpassing the sales figures of Coldplay and Chainsmokers by 4 to 1.
The way the singles chart is compiled is by combining iTunes download and streaming figures with the various streaming platforms. It is estimated that 150 streams currently count as one sale on the charts. Sheeran’s sales are currently 33 percent physical and 67 percent streaming
Although it is reported that Styles has higher digital sales, Sheeran is still overcoming his competition as a solid balance of both streaming and physical sales is required to top the charts.
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