Ed Sheeran completes a hugely successful year by claiming the UK’s biggest single of 2017 with Shape Of You.
The track, which was released in January as the lead single from his third album , has shifted 3.2 million combined sales to be the year’s best-selling and most streamed track, split between 787,000 sales and a whopping 248 million streams.
Ed’s music has dominated the Official Chart throughout 2017 and all four of ÷’s singles – Castle On The Hill (Number 3, released the same week as Shape Of You), Galway Girl (5) and Perfect (6), which claimed this year’s Official Christmas Number 1 – all finish inside the year-end Top 10.
Shape Of You spent a mammoth 14 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart between January and April and to date has logged 51 weeks inside the Top 100. The song is also the most streamed of all-time in the UK, overtaking Drake’s One Dance.
The news comes as the record labels’ association, The BPI, have revealed that streaming now accounts for over half of music consumption in the UK (50.4%). In December 2017 a landmark 1.5 billion audio streams were recorded in a single week.
Platforms such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music have helped fuel the music industry’s fastest growth since 1998, equating to everyone in the country playing 1,036 tracks (that’s nearly three continuous days of music) in 2017.
Meanwhile, Spanglish summer hit Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber finishes as the UK’s second biggest single with 2.3 million combined sales. The song became a global smash after Justin was added to a remix of the song, logging 11 weeks at Number 1 between May and August.
Another huge summer smash, French Montana’s Unforgettable ft. Swae Lee, finishes at Number 4 on the biggest singles of 2017 with 1.4 million combines sales. The track peaked at Number 2 in August and spent 30 weeks in the Top 40.
British trio Clean Bandit make two entries in the Top 40: their chart-topping single Symphony ft. Zara Larsson places at Number 7 (1.3 million) and Rockabye is at 23. Rag’n’Bone Man’s breakout hit Human also earns a spot in the Top 10 at Number 8 (1.1 million), while British DJ/producer Jax Jones finishes at 10 with You Don’t Know Me ft. Raye.