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Ed Sheeran edges closer to chart record after 'Shape of You' retains top spot for 11th

Ed Sheeran has held on the top spot for 11 consecutive weeks. Credit: PA

Ed Sheeran has edged closer to a chart record as his hit single 'Shape Of You' held on to the number one spot for an 11th week.

He has overtaken Rihanna and Whitney Houston, who both held on to the top spot for 10 weeks.

  • Music video for Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You'

The Framingham-born star has now tied Slim Whitman's song 'Rose Marie', which stayed at number one for 11 weeks in 1955.

He will need to hold on for another month to tie Drake's 'One Dance' and Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around', which both dominated the charts for 15 weeks

Bryan Adams holds the current record for longest-reigning number one with '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' from 1991.

Sheeran's latest album has sold 1.18 billion copies. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Sheeran's single 'Galway Girl' has held the number two spot and his 'Castle On The Hill' has held third position.

The Official Charts Company said Sheeran's album has sold 1.18 million copies across physical, digital and streaming equivalent.

Sheeran is currently collaborating with fellow British singer-songwriter James Blunt. Credit: PA