Harry Styles’ debut single, Sign of the Times, has reached Number One in the Official Charts, pushing Ed Sheeran to Number Two.
Harry Styles has done it!
After 13 weeks at Number One, Ed Sheeran has been knocked to second position by former One Direction member, Harry Styles.
Harry Styles’ debut single, Sign of the Times, was released on Friday, and as expected, it stood safely on the Number 1 spot on the iTunes chart all around the world.
According to the Official Charts Company, just three days after, the single had a total of 30,000 download and stream sales in the UK alone. This positioned the record well ahead of Ed Sheeran’s two singles, Galway Girl and Shape of You.
However, in the end, it was very close between the two artists, as Harry’s lead shrunk to just 3,000 ahead of Sheeran’s Shape of You, which was in second place.
By Friday, Sign of the Times had sold over 39,000 copies and was streamed 3.5 million times in the week. Whereas, Shape of You had been streamed 6.8 million times in the last week.
Yet, it seems that Harry’s streams could have actually been more than recorded.
Due to a glitch on Spotify during the week, users were unable to search for his new single, potentially losing him vital streams.
However, technological issues do not seem to have had an impact on Harry Styles’ success as he has earned his first number one as a solo artist.
This makes him the second member of One Direction to score a Number One with their solo single; Zayn Malik was the first with Pillowtalk in January 2016.
Both Niall and Louis have also released solo singles, with Niall’s This Town reaching Number Nine and Louis’ Just Hold On peaking at Number Two. Liam Payne is yet to hit the charts with a debut single, but he has teased that music is on the way.
Sign of the Times comes from Harry Styles’ debut self entitled album and is available to pre-order from today, before it is released on the 12th of May.
You can listen to Sign of the Times, below: