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Beyonce scores first #1 in nine years, thanks to Ed Sheeran


Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran may have thought Beyonce was doing him a favor by agreeing to duet with him on his song “Perfect,” but it turns out she’s gotten something out of the team-up as well: her first #1 hit in nine years.

“Perfect” has just topped the Billboard Hot 100, with 63% of its sales coming from the duet version with Beyonce.  This is Ed’s second #1 on that chart, following “Shape of You,” which ruled for 12 weeks earlier this year.  It’s Beyonce’s sixth #1 as a solo artist, but it’s her first since 2008’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”

“Perfect” is the second time in 2017 that a song that had already charted hit #1 after the addition of a high profile star.  The first was Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” which peaked at #44 in April, but then topped the chart in May after Justin Bieber was added to the track.

Ed is now the only artist with two #1 hits this year as a lead artist.  Justin’s had two — “Despacito” and “I’m the One” — but he wasn’t the lead artist on either.

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