Number One song from 2007. The song was originally written at a writing camp with Rihanna in mind, but when today’s singer and the other songwriters at the camp included a reference to Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison ("put van the man on the jukebox"), they decided NOT to send the song to the Caribbean star.
This was today’s singer’s first US Hot 100 #1 as a performer , though he had previously hit number one as a songwriter, having co-written Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself."
The record was equaled by Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," which logged its 33rd week in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated February 16, 2019. Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" later matched the other two songs when it spent its 33rd week in the top 10 on the chart dated September 21, 2019.
When this song spent its 33rd straight week above #11 in the Hot 100 dated September 11, 2017, it broke the record for the longest run in the chart's top 10. The song unseated the 32 weeks spent by the Chainsmokers' "Closer." The record was most recently broken by Post Malone's "Circles," which spent 39 weeks in the Top 10.
Today’s singer sang at a local church choir at the age of four, learned how to play the guitar at age eleven. As he was just getting started as an adult, he got a huge leg up when Taylor Swift contacted him after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. She had him open for her on tour and they became fast friends. Later he co-wrote and provided vocals for Swift's fourth studio album, Red.
He also contributed two songs to One Direction's second studio album, Take Me Home, In late 2012 and early 2013, he headlined a US tour of 6,000–9,000 capacity venues.
As of today, he has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. For such a massive star, he’s just like you and me, he’s worried about the Heinz ketchup shortage. As a lifelong fan he did a commercial for them in 2019 and even has a Heinz bottle tattooed on his arm. Heinz says ⅓ of their Instagram posts include people mentioning or tagging Ed, dating all the way back to 2014