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Ed Sheeran breaks Spotify records with new song

'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 )

AFP New York Jan 13, 2017, 08.31 PM (IST)

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.

(AFP)

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