WORLD'S N.1 SINGLE OF 2017

Posted on January 09, 2018

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"Shape Of You" is not only the best-selling SIngle of 2017 but has become one of the greatest hits of all time! On the All Time Global Chart only "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston (1992) and "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John (1997) rank higher than "Shape Of You".

"Shape of You" was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with "Castle on the Hill". The song was the last song written for Sheeran's third album. "Shape of You" had originally been written with Rihanna in mind. As he had already written all the songs he wanted for the album, the song was therefore not intended to be included in the album. It was conceived as a duet between Rihanna and Rudimental. "['Shape of You'] is actually a really random one because I went in to write songs for other people with a guy called Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, and we were writing this song and I was like 'this would really work for Rihanna,'" he explained. "And then I started singing lyrics like 'putting Van The Man on the jukebox' and I was like 'well she's not really going to sing that, is she?' And then we sort of decided halfway through that we were just going to make it for me."

"Shape of You" peaked at N°1 on the singles charts of 44 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK, Australian and Canadian singles charts. It has stayed at number one for a record-tying 16 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100, as well as 14 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and 12 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. On 21 September 2017 it became the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, with over 1.32 billion streams.

"Shape of You" debuted at N°1 on the UK Singles Chart on January 13, selling 227,000 combined units in its first week. The song was certified Silver in the first week due to selling 200,000 units and Gold in the second week selling 400,000 units. The song remained at N°1 in its second week, selling 139,000. It stayed at N°1 for 13 consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and a further week at the top after a week's interruption by Harry Styles' "Sign of the Times". In July 2017, the song reached 184 million in streams, making it the most-streamed song in the UK of all time! It was the nation's highest selling and most streamed track of 2017 with 787,000 copies sold and 248 million streams throughout the year!

The song debuted at N°1 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 240,000 downloads and gaining 20 million streams in its debut week in the US, becoming Sheeran's first N°1 song in the country. Sheeran also became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 the same week in the history of the Hot 100, with "Castle on the Hill" also debuting at number six. "Shape of You" topped the Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. "Shape of You" broke the 20-year-old record. As of August 2017, "Shape of You" is the best selling song of 2017 in the US with 2.3 million copies sold, the only one to sell over two million. It is also the most streamed song with 799.7 million combined audio and video streams. The song became the N°1 song of the year on Billboard Hot 100 in 2017.

The Song debuted at N°1 in France, and was later certified diamond there. According to Pure Charts, in the first half of the year 2017, the song reached 631,000 units (105,000 sales and 526,000 units from streams) and as of September 2017, it exceeds 812,109 units (707,109 from streams).

In Australia, the song stayed at No. 1 for 15 weeks, breaking a record set 22 years ago by Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise". In doing this, it also broke ABBA's record of fourteen weeks at number one, which was set on the previous Australian charts before the ARIA charts became Australia's official charts. "Shape of You" was also Australia's highest selling song of 2017 with 630,000 copies sold by the end of the year.

The song is the first ever N°1 single of the Philippine Hot 100 upon the chart's inception on 12 June 2017. It stayed at the top for 4 consecutive weeks before it was dethroned by "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.

Worldwide, the song reached one billion streams on Spotify in June 2017. It became the most streamed song on Spotify in September 2017, reaching 1,318,420,396 streams overtaking Drake's "One Dance".

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Korean Superstars EXO top the World Album chart with their new EP 'Universe' (Winter Special EP 2017) and equivalent sales of 356,000! Even though the Album was delayed due to the tragic passing of SHINee's Jonghyun, the Album has scored in physical sales, debuting atop the global chart.

Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' is the 2nd best-selling Album of the week, having shifted another 341,000 in equivalent sales for a total of 9.636.000.

Last week's number one, Eminem's 'Revival', slips to N°3 with 254,000 sales and a total of 856,000 after two weeks on the chart.

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' shifts another 178.000 in equivalent sales this week, slipping one spot to N°4 with total sales so far surpassing 2.981.000.

Sam Smith's 'The Thrill Of It All' closes this week's top 5, down one from last week, with equivalent sales of 168.000 and 1.544.000 in total!

P!nk's 'Beautiful Trauma' slips one spot to N°6 after selling another 132.000 equivalent sales this week and 1.948.000 so far!

Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' slips one spot to N°8, shifting another 131.000 copies and 11.721.000 in total so far since its release in 2011.

New entry at N°8 for Travis Scott & Quavo's new Album 'Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho' which debuts with sales of 122,000!

#U2's 'Songs Of Experience" slips from 7 to 9 with equivalent sales this week of 115,000 and total sales since its release 4 weeks ago of 865.000!

Closing this week's top 10 is the Soundtrack of The Greatest Showman with equivalent sales of 113.000.

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Ed Sheeran opens 2018 atop the global track chart with his smash hit "Perfect" after spending christmas on top of the world!

Camila Cabello's "Havana" ft. Young Thug holds firm at N°2 as does Post Malone's "Rockstar" at N°3.


Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" moves up one from 5 to 4, her highest peak since the Song's release in 1994.


Eminem's "River" ft. Ed Sheeran closes this week's top 5 on the global chart, down one spot from last week!


SAM SMITH's "Too Good At Goodbyes" holds toight at N°6 while Imagine Dragons' "Thunder" rockets from 15 to 7.


Wham!'s "Last Christmas" slips one from 7 to 8 while Selena Gomez's "Wolves" ft. marshmello holds at N°9.


Closing this week's top 10 is Dua Lipa's "New Rules"!


Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" moves up from 13 to 11 and Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" holds tight at N°12.


New entry for Hey! Say! Jump's "White Love" at N°13!


Maroon 5's "What Lovers Do" slips from 10 To 14 and NF's "Let You Down" slips one spot to N°15.


Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" slips 5 spots from 11 to 16 and Charlie Puth's "How Long" moves up one from 18 to 17.


Marshmello's "Silence" ft. Khalid slips 2 spots from 16 to 18, G-Eazy's "No LImit" moves up from 21 to 19 and Zayn's "Dusk Till Dawn" ft. Sia closes this weeks top 20.

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Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' is by far the World's best-selling Album of 2017 with 9.636 million equivalent sales by December 31, 2017, more than twice as much as the runner-up, Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn'! 'Divide' is Ed's third studio album, released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" were released as the album's lead singles on 6 January 2017. The album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, selling 672,000 units in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a male artist there and the third-highest opening behind Adele's '25' and Oasis' 'Be Here Now'. It topped the UK Albums Chart for a total of 7 non-consecutive weeks in 2017, the longest amount of time since Adele's 21 held the summit in 2011 and 2012. 'Divide' was the UK's highest selling album of the year with over 2,128,000 copies sold by the end of 2017.

'Divide' debuted at N°1 on the US Billboard 200 with 451,000 album-equivalent units, of which 322,000 were pure album sales. The tracks collectively achieved 134.6 million streams in the United States in the album's first week of availability. Ten songs from the album also debuted on the Hot 100 the same week, joining the three songs already on the chart, including "Shape of You" in its seventh week at N°1. In its second week, it stayed on top of Billboard 200 with 180,000 units (87,000 copies sold), which qualified it for a Gold certification from the RIAA on 22 March 2017. By July 2017, tracks from the album had accumulated over one billion audio streams in the US. As of December 2017, 'Divide' has sold 1,102,000 copies in the US, and was the year's second album to pass that mark after Taylor Swift's 'Reputation'.

Worldwide, outside the US and UK, the Album went to N°1 in 23 other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. On the day of its release, the tracks of the album achieved a total of 56.73 million streams on Spotify in a single day, breaking the previous record of 29 million for Starboy by The Weeknd in November 2016.

In Ireland, 'Divide' opened at N°1, with all three of Sheeran's albums in the top five. Furthermore, the entire top 16 of the Irish Singles Chart consisted only of songs from the album. In Australia, the album opened at N°1 with a double Platinum certification in its first week, selling 97,014 copies. Sheeran also achieved a record for having 18 songs in the Australian top 40 in the same week—16 from the album and two from Sheeran's other albums, which were also in the top five of the albums chart. It has since held the nation's summit a total of 21 non-consecutive weeks, the ninth longest total time spent there. 'Divide' was Australia's highest selling album of 2017 with more than 420,000 copies sold throughout the year.

'Divide' debuted at N°2 in France, selling 40,900 copies. After five months of availability, it was certified three-times platinum there, after selling 300,000 units (sales and streaming). As of December 2017, it exceeds 334,000 sales in France. By the end of 2017, 387,000 units (physical and downloads) had been sold in France according to Pure Charts. It was ranked second on the year-end album sales chart.

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Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' is by far the best-selling Album by a Female Artist in 2017 with year end sales of 2,981,000! 'Reputation' is Taylor's sixth studio album, released on November 10, 2017, through Big Machine Records. The record was produced by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor herself, who also serves as the executive producer. Ed Sheeran and American rapper Future featured on the Album.

Worldwide, 'Reputation' sold two million copies in its first week. A week prior to the album's release, pre-orders for it were reported to be over 400,000 units in the United States alone. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold roughly 700,000 copies during its first day in the country and 1.05 million within four days of release, becoming 2017's biggest-selling album in the US! The album ultimately became Swift's fifth N°1 Album on the US Billboard 200 when it debuted atop the chart with 1.238 million album-equivalent units that consisted of 1.216 million traditional sales, becoming her fourth album to sell a million copies in the country in its first week. As a result, Swift became the only act to have four albums sell over a million copies there within a week since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. 'Reputation' also had the largest album opening in the United States since Adele's '25' in 2015, as well as the 10th largest overall sales week in the US for an album since Nielsen SoundScan tracked its sales, and became the first album since '25' to sell a million copies there within a week. It additionally sold more that week than any other album on the chart combined! With 256,000 more album-equivalent units earned and another 232,000 copies sold the week after, 'Reputation' stayed at N°1 and became the 1st Album to top the country's chart for two weeks since Jay-Z's 4:44, the first by a female to overall spend more than one week at the summit since Rihanna's Anti in 2016, and the first by a female to hold the highest position for its first two weeks since Adele's '25'. 'Reputation' then became the fourth album to spend three or more weeks at the top spot during 2017 after 'Starboy' by The Weeknd, 'More Life' by Drake, and 'Damn' by Kendrick Lamar as well as the first album since '25' by a female artist to do so overall, receiving 147,000 more album-equivalent units and selling an additional 131,000 copies during its third week. The album subsequently dropped to N°3 in its fourth week with 70,000 copies sold and 112,000 album-equivalent units earned before returning to the top spot three weeks later. 'Reputation' has since sold a total of 2,336,000 copies in the US, and has been certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

After selling 50,000 copies in Canada during its first day on sale, the LP also became Swift's fifth Album to top the Canadian Albums Chart, entering at N°1 with 80,000 copies among 81,000 consumption units. It had the country's largest opening for an album since Drake's 'Views' in 2016. The record then sold 15,000 more copies and earned another 17,000 consumption units the following week, giving Swift her fourth consecutive Album to spend more than one week at Canada's top spot. After receiving an additional 11,000 consumption units during its third week, 'Reputation' became the first album since 'Damn' to spend three consecutive weeks atop the Canadian charts and gave the singer her second-longest run at N°1 behind '1989'.

The album sold over 65,000 copies in the United Kingdom within three days, and opened atop the UK Albums Chart with 84,000 copies, becoming Tay's third album to reach the top of the Official UK chart. 'Reputation' also had the UK's fifth-biggest album opening sales week of 2017. The Album has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In Australia 'Reputation' had the third largest opening of the year with first week sales of 54,976 copies behind Sheeran's 'Divide' and Pink's 'Beautiful Trauma', giving Tay her fourth N°1 Album on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Reputation' stayed atop the chart for another week and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), giving the singer her fifteenth week at N°1.

'Reputation' also debuted at N°1 in Ireland and New Zealand, and was certified gold by the Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ) for shipments of 7,500 units.

The album also topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland.

'Reputation''s lead single, "Look What You Made Me Do", broke several major records, including the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify. It hit N°1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with the biggest sales and streaming figures of the year, becoming the fifth song by Swift to top the chart and also the first solo N°1 by a woman with 84.4 million streams since Adele's "Hello" in 2015 and the second biggest after "Harlem Shake" (103.3 million). Its accompanying music video was viewed 43.2 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours, the most in any video in history breaking the record of 36 million views of "Gentleman" in 2013."Look What You Made Me Do" topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It has also received Platinum certifications in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, and the United States. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and became the most-watched music video within 24 hours. In September, Swift released a second song titled "...Ready for It?". Commercially, "...Ready for It?" reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well as the top 20 in Ireland and Lebanon. On October 20, 2017, Swift released a third song off the Album entitled "Gorgeous". The song has reached top ten in Australia, Canada, Hungary, and Malaysia as well as the top twenty in United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland.



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