Ed Sheeran has urged fans to stop streaming his latest chart-topper to help Sir Elton John replace him at the summit.
The Ipswich native’s latest single, ‘Shivers’, has been number one for four weeks, but he’s now hoping that his friend and mentor will dislodge him from the top spot with his Dua Lipa duet ‘Cold Heart’.
Writing on his official Twitter account yesterday (October 14th), the magnanimous ‘Shape of You’ singer-songwriter said: “@eltonjohn is so close to knocking me off the #1 spot in the U.K.”
‘It will be his first number one in almost twenty years and I really want it to happen.”
‘Please go buy/stream/download Cold Heart with @dualipa now, 15 weeks at #1 was more than I ever expected anyway, love you all.’
Sheeran concluded: “Who doesn’t wanna be knocked off by Elton anyway.”
The pair are long-standing friends and occasional collaborators, with Sheeran revealing last month that they’ve worked on new music together. Speaking to the radio show The Official Big Top 40, Sheeran said: “I speak to him pretty much every single day.”
“Just one day he was like “we should do a song”. I went round his house and we wrote three songs, and one of them is out of this world. It will be out after my album’s out.”
Sheeran’s fourth record, ‘=’, will be released later this month, before he embarks on a mammoth UK stadium tour next summer, taking in dates in Cardiff, Sunderland, Manchester, Glasgow and London.
It was also recently revealed that the pair are set to collaborate on an upcoming Christmas song.
John, meanwhile, set a new record earlier this week, becoming the only act ever to notch up a top 10 single on the UK chart across six different decades. ‘Cold Heart’s number two position moved him clear of the likes of Elvis Presley, Cher, Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson and David Bowie, who all managed the feat in five separate decades.