Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Perfect’ reigns atop of the Billboard Hot 100 for a 6th week – but one component is noticeably absent: Beyonce.
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After 5 weeks of co-billed slayage, ‘Perfect’ has reverted to being billed as a Sheeran solo cut on almost all Billboard charts.
And while some may be scratching their heads as to why, the explanation is pretty straightforward.
Upon its first week of release, the duet version served as the most dominant in sales and streams. It also delivered majorly on radio, where it was being plugged as the primary version of the song.
However, with the initial buzz quieting, Sheeran pounding the promotional pavement solo, and the video for the original continuing to gain traction, this week marks the first week where the collaboration version is no longer contributing the bulk of sales, streams, or airplay.
The sole chart where the duet remains co-billed is on Rhythmic Songs.
Nonetheless, all versions will continue to count towards the song’s Billboard performance. Additionally, the pair’s 5 week stay together remains intact in the record books.