Ed Sheeran’s new single, “Eyes Closed,” officially ended Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” run.
“-” (Subtract), the lead single from Sheeran’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, was released on March 24. Asylum and Atlantic Records released the track, and it quickly rose to the top of the UK Singles Chart.
According to Billboard, Sheeran officially replaced Cyrus on the UK Singles Chart after his “Eyes Closed” debuted at No. 1 – a position he had held for ten weeks.
On March 31, the official website announced the achievement.
His 14th number-one single was preventing “Flowers” from passing Tones. And “Dance Monkey” has an 11-week run. The latter song is now the longest-running number-one by a female solo artist.
Sheeran now has the same number of chart-topping songs as Westlife and Cliff Richard, with 14 No. 1s on the UK Singles Chart. They are now ranked third all-time, trailing only Elvis Presley (who has 21 No. 1) and The Beatles. (17 No. 1).
“Hello everyone, “Eyes Closed” is my 14th number-one single in the United Kingdom. “I’m over the moon, thank you so much,” Sheeran said in a video posted on Official Charts’ Instagram page. He also expressed his excitement about the upcoming release of the full album.
“Eyes Closed” is one of 14 songs on his forthcoming album. “Boat,” “Salt Water,” “Life Goes On,” “Dusty,” “End of Youth,” “Colouurblind,” “Curtains,” “Borderline,” “Spark,” “Vega,” “Sycamore,” “No Strings,” and “The Hills of Aberfeldy” are the other songs.
Before releasing the single, Sheeran’s collaborator Aaron Dessner revealed what they went through while working on the new album in a new Instagram post.
Following 2011’s “+,” 2014’s “x,” 2017’s “,” and 2021’s “=,” Sheeran’s upcoming album will be the final installment of his notable mathematical album era.
He revealed that personal issues and struggles inspired Sheeran’s upcoming songs.
He went on:
“A few months later, in the winter of 2021, he started writing to them and sending sometimes multiple song ideas a day, inspired by a very difficult period he was going through in his life. I could really empathize with what he was feeling and was eager to help realize these songs.”
The 14 songs on the album were chosen from over 30 songs recorded at the start of 2022.