Why Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” Is Still In The Top 5

Since Ed Sheeran dropped “Shape Of You” in January, it’s been in the top five of Billboard’s Hot 100. The British singer-songwriter’s latest hit doesn’t seem to be moving anytime soon.

Here’s why “Shape Of You” still reigns supreme.

1. Ed knows exactly what it takes to manufacture a pop hit.

“Shape Of You” isn’t the only hit song that Ed Sheeran’s been behind. He mastered his songwriting skills with One Direction’s “Little Things” and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” In fact, he originally starting writing “Shape Of You” with Little Mix in mind, but he also considered giving the track to Rihanna.

Ed most recently lent his songwriting skills to Rita Ora’s comeback single “Your Song.”

2. It shook up current music trends.

Before “Shape Of You” took over the charts in the new year, music fans were still singing the Chainsmoker’s Coachella-worthy “Closer” and jamming to hip-hop hits like “Starboy” and “Black Beatles.” “Shape Of You,” however, drew its inspiration from dancehall and tropical house music.

Following the success of “Shape Of You,” the music charts took on a distinctly more island-inspired vibe. Current hits like Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like” followed suit.

3. Ed continues to promote his music by playing all over the world.

Since his return to the spotlight with “Shape Of You,” Ed has been anything but quiet. He’s done several in-depth interviews while continuing to tour the world with his new music. Most recently, he headlined the Glastonbury music festival.

Ed has promised his international fans even more stadium shows in the future.

The success of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” wasn’t just a stroke of luck. Ed manufactured a surefire hit by applying what he knew about pop music to his own career.

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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.

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