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tmn charts Chart Analysis July 8, 2019

Ed Sheeran is overrunning the TMN Hot 100, but not for the first time

Charts & New Music Editor
Ed Sheeran is overrunning the TMN Hot 100, but not for the first time
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‘Beautiful People’ ft. Khalid and the acoustic version of ‘I Don’t Care’ are the latest singles from Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming collab album to slide into the TMN Hot 100 Airplay Chart.

They join ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘Cross Me’ ft. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock this week, matching Avicii as the only other artist with four unique songs on the chart.

The feat resembles Sheeran’s all-blue Hot 100 takeover of the ÷ era. At the height of its rollout, the UK songwriter had four hit singles rotating in the chart, each of which would go on to claim #1.    

With the release of duel singles ‘BLOW’ with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars and ‘Best Part Of Me’ ft. YEBBA just one week out from his No.6 Collaborations Project, Sheeran could realistically improve his total of charting singles to six, or even more.

The Bieber-assisted ‘I Don’t Care’ is showing absolutely no signs of defeat, improving its chart-topping tally to seven weeks. Meanwhile, little brother ‘Cross Me’ continues to bounce around the Top 20.

‘BLOW’, while sonically distinctive when compared to Sheeran’s other collabs, fits the Triple M mould and could find success on the wider contemporary rock format. The addition of Mars will also lure in some CHR stations.

‘Best Part Of Me’ is a textbook romantic ballad from Sheeran that could have easily been birthed out of the X era. 

The Benny Blanco-produced song could join ‘Photograph’, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, and more recently ‘I Don’t Care (Acoustic)’, as a future staple on adult radio playlists.

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