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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ spends a full year in the Top 40

By | Published on Tuesday 23 June 2015

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has become the first ever artist to have a single in the UK Top 40 for a full year with ‘Thinking Out Loud’. I know, I’d have thought that had happened before too, but apparently not. Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ got close with 49 weeks, but 49 weeks is not enough.

The track also holds the record for the longest ever climb to the number one slot, according to the Official Charts Company. It entered the chart at number 26 in June last year, and took nineteen weeks to get to the top. Now, 52 weeks after its first appearance, it’s at number 28.

More stats? OK, its lowest position in all that time was number 32 two weeks ago, and in total the track has had combined sales and streams of 1.65 million. That number might seem a bit strange, but it is of course the inclusion of streams along with sales in the chart that have allowed this to happen. The single’s slow rise is also down to the fact that the album’s popularity on streaming services meant the track charted months before it was officially released as a single.

So, well done Ed, have a biscuit and a slice of cake. Maybe even a slice of biscuit cake. Is biscuit cake a thing? Well, if it’s not, I’m sure Ed can change that. And if not, Taylor Swift definitely could.