Ed Sheeran Becomes First Person to Receive Second-Year Most Played Artist and Song Honors

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Ed Sheeran has broken a major record, after his track Bad Habits catapulted him to become the most-played artist, as well as the most-played record.

It makes the singer, 31, the first person to win both accolades in two separate years.

He had already achieved this feat in 2017, which saw the release of his hit single Shape of You and his popular album Divide.

Double winner! Ed Sheeran has broken a major record, after his track Bad Habits catapulted him to become the most-played artist, as well as the most-played record

The only other artist to top both charts in the same year is Adele, with Rolling In The Deep being the most played single and her album 21 making her the most played artist of 2011.

The Thinking Out Loud singer has won the crown for the most played artist for the past five years, with the sole exception of Dua Lipa in 2020 with her album Future Nostalgia.

The annual charts are compiled by music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) from music usage and airplay data from radio and television stations as well as public performances.

Peter Leathem, Managing Director of PPL, said: “Congratulations to Ed Sheeran. Its success at the top of the charts over the past five years is a testament not only to the quality of its output, but also to the strength of British music.

Record breaker: It makes the singer, 31, the first person to win both accolades in two separate years

Record breaker: It makes the singer, 31, the first person to win both accolades in two separate years

After Ed was 27-year-old Tom Grennan, who won the second and third most laid-back tracks of 2021 with By Your Side featuring Calvin Harris and Little Bit Of Love respectively.

The new record comes after Ed and South African artist Jeremy Loops gave a behind-the-scenes look at their latest collaboration on Friday.

The track titled Better Together was released last month, but the talented duo have treated fans to footage of their songwriting process in a new music video.

An excited Ed could be seen as he shared his thoughts with Jeremy, 38, before the video was cut to them while recording in the studio.

Preview: The new record comes after Ed and South African artist Jeremy Loops gave a behind-the-scenes look at their latest collaboration on Friday

Preview: The new record comes after Ed and South African artist Jeremy Loops gave a behind-the-scenes look at their latest collaboration on Friday

At the end of the clip, Jeremy donned a dapper beige blazer and shirt, with his long hair pulled back into a bun for the official clip.

Ed and Jeremy first met a few years ago and immediately hit it off at the private party following Ed’s first stadium show in South Africa.

The hitmaker joked that Jeremy was a better loop artist than him and asked to write together.

Exciting: The track titled Better Together was released last month, but the talented duo have gifted fans with footage of their writing process (Jeremy pictured)

Exciting: The track titled Better Together was released last month, but the talented duo have gifted fans with footage of their writing process (Jeremy pictured)

Hard at work: An excited Ed can be seen as he shares his thoughts with Jeremy, 38, before the video cut them off from the studio recording

Hard at work: An excited Ed can be seen as he shares his thoughts with Jeremy, 38, before the video cut them off from the studio recording

The duo wrote a number of tracks together, working on Better Together ahead of Jeremy’s third studio album, Heard You Got Love.

It was co-written by Ed and longtime star co-writers Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac.

Jeremy revealed: ‘He said I was a better loop artist than him. Very nice, but not true! But we are very similar artists, in many aspects of our crafts. We spent the night hanging out and talking shop, and he suggested we write together.

Good friends: Ed and Jeremy first met a few years ago and immediately hit it off at the private party after Ed's first stadium show in South Africa

Good friends: Ed and Jeremy first met a few years ago and immediately hit it off at the private party after Ed’s first stadium show in South Africa

Story: The hitmaker joked that Jeremy was a better loop artist than him and asked to write together

Story: The hitmaker joked that Jeremy was a better loop artist than him and asked to write together

News of the musical collaboration broke two years ago when Ed reportedly came out of musical retirement to write new songs with Jeremy.

The Shape Of You star announced in August 2019 that he intended to take an “extended hiatus” from the music industry following the conclusion of his record-breaking 258-date Divide tour.

But Jeremy, 36, revealed he was working on an exciting new project with Ed before the UK went into lockdown.

New hit song: At the end of the clip, Jeremy dons a dapper beige blazer and shirt, with his long hair pulled back into a bun for the official clip

New hit song: At the end of the clip, Jeremy dons a dapper beige blazer and shirt, with his long hair pulled back into a bun for the official clip

Talk to The sun at the time, Jeremy said, “I arrived early in the morning and we worked all day on a few different songs. He is known to be a very fast writer.

“He’s very fluid and moves fast. He can work with whoever he wants, so there’s something beautiful about him wanting to work with me.

“I couldn’t have called him and said, ‘Yeah, I want to work together, like, get ready.

Better Together is out now and Jeremy Loop’s album, Heard You Got Love, will be out next month.

Throwback: News of the musical collaboration broke two years ago when Ed reportedly came out of musical retirement to write new songs with Jeremy (pictured in 2020)

Throwback: News of the musical collaboration broke two years ago when Ed reportedly came out of musical retirement to write new songs with Jeremy (pictured in 2020)

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