'Shape of You' and Sheeran's other new track, 'Castle on the Hill,' topped previous feats for first-day streams when he released them on January 6. Photograph: (AFP)
Sheeran's 'Shape of You' became the top song ever for a single week with 52,359,013 listens on Spotify
Pop singer Ed Sheeran on Friday broke all-time records on Spotify as fans rushed to hear two songs from his upcoming album.
The British singer-songwriter's "Shape of You" became the top song ever for a single week on the world's largest streaming website, with 52,359,013 listens through Thursday.
"Shape of You" shattered the previous record for a single week set by Canadian rapper Drake's "One Dance" in May.
Sheeran's track also broke the record for streams in a first week set in 2015 by Adele with her ballad "Hello."
Both "Shape of You" and Sheeran's other new track, "Castle on the Hill," topped previous feats for first-day streams when he released them on January 6.
"Shape of You," a minimalist dance tune about picking up a woman at a bar, and the rockier "Castle on the Hill" will both feature on Sheeran's upcoming third album, "Divide."
The album, which like Sheeran's previous two albums is named after a mathematical symbol, will come out on March 3.