They did it! Ed Sheeran and Beyonce knock Post Malone’s “Rockstar” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Their “Perfect Duet” becomes the Brit’s second number one and Queen Bey’s tenth. The superstar now has six chart-toppers as a solo artist as well as the four she notched up during her stint with Destiny’s Child. Beyonce is now the 11th act to nab 10 number one hits — the others being The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, The Supremes/Diana Ross, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson.
According to Billboard, the stripped-back ballad sold 181,000 downloads in its first full tracking week. That’s an increase of 202 percent. The duet version accounted for 63 percent of the song’s total sales, which more that justifies Beyonce’s addition as a co-lead artist. “Feels mad to say this, but I’ve had my second ever number one single in America, one at the start at the year, one at the end,” Ed wrote on Instagram. “What a year it’s been. Thanks to Beyonce for giving this new version a revamp, and thanks to everyone who’s supporting it.”