The Big Milestone

Our favourite ginger-haired singer Ed Sheeran has come a very long way since his days of busking on the streets of London. Now a massive global music phenomenon, he has broke countless records along the way, including last year, when he was the most streamed artist on Spotify.

Recently (12 Oct), Ed Sheeran has set yet another record. His monster hit “Thinking Out Loud” is the first song ever to reach 500 million streams on Spotify.

Also, he’s the first artist ever to achieve such a milestone.

“Chuffed to hear ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has had half a billion plays on Spotify,” said Sheeran upon hearing the news.

Being the first artist to hit that milestone is amazing. Thanks to all the people who use this as a wedding song, soundtrack to a date, and as a way to woo someone into a Netflix-and-chill situation.

— Ed Sheeran

CONGRATULATIONS ED SHEERAN!!!

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But we bring you even better news.

We Singaporeans helped him achieved that. Yup we did.

Are you Singaporean Sheerios proud of yourself or what :’)

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The Sheerio Index

To celebrate this occasion, Spotify released an Ed Sheeran Index — a measure of the British folk-pop star’s popularity by country.

According to the index, Denmark, Norway, and Singapore have the highest concentration of Sheeran fans worldwide.

Denmark stands at 100 on the Sheerio Index — no wonder they are the no.1 on the list.

Norway stands at 93.9 with Singapore following closely behind at 90.6.

DOES THIS MEAN MORE ED SHEERAN CONCERTS IN SINGAPORE IN FUTURE!?

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And this “index” is special because it doesn’t only tell you Sheeran’s popularity,ranked by streams per Spotify user. The following audiographic map also allows you to listen the favourite Ed Sheeran tracks of a particular country when clicked.

Now how cool is that!?

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TRY IT OUT!!

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What’s funny is that, Singapore is known as the ” little red dot”, and we’re literally a little red dot on the map.

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Spotify also shared some bonus facts highlighting Sheeran’s popularity among users.

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His songs have a total play of 2.9 billion times… WOAH.

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How does the index work?

So how exactly does this cool contraption work?

Well, Spotify measures the popularity by dividing the number of Ed Sheeran streams in each country by the number of Spotify users there.

MATH ALL OVER AGAIN.

Here are the top 20 countries where the Ed Sheeran Index are highest. Each comes with a link to their favourite Ed Sheeran songs.

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Singapore
  4. Sweden
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Ireland
  7. Estonia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Netherlands
  11. Philippines
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Malaysia
  14. Taiwan
  15. Malta
  16. Finland
  17. Latvia
  18. Portugal
  19. Germany
  20. Poland

KNOCK YOURSELVES OUT SHEERIOS.

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And congratulations Sheeran, we’re so proud of how far you’ve come :’)

A win-win situation for everyone

While this situation is a big milstone for Ed Sheeran, it is an even greater milestone for Spotify.

These half a billion plays worldwide  shows that the number of Spotify users are increasing too!

While the music video for “Thinking Out Loud” was uploaded just over a year ago (Oct 7 2014 to be exact) with over 760 million views as this article is being written, the parent album x was made available in full on Spotify in June 2014, which essentially means that”Thinking Out Loud” has been accruing plays ever since.

For a subscription service which is still adding countries to its line up, Spotify has done comparatively well to Youtube – a service which is free and almost universally available.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU TOO SPOTIFY!!

We wish both Spotify and Ed Sheeran all the best for the future 🙂

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Featured image via radioandmusic
With reference to Spotify Insights, Music Times, The Verge