“Shape of You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It 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 dancehall-infused pop song was written by Ed Sheeran together with Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, with additional writing credits later given to Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs due to noted similarities with the melody of “No Scrubs” by TLC. The song was produced by Sheeran and Mac.
“Shape of You” peaked at number-one on the singles charts of 34 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 (later becoming the best performing song of 2017), as well as 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 on Spotify, with over 1.32 billion streams. It was the best-selling song of 2017 in the UK.“Shape of You” was the best selling-song of 2017 and the best selling digital song worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 26.6 million units according to IFPI.
Currently, Billboard has ranked “Shape of You” as the ninth most successful song of all-time, as the magazine celebrated the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary.