For the year 2021, Ed Sheeran has been crowned the most-watched musical artist on TikTok. On the social networking platform, the 30-year-old musician released three exclusive track teasers from his album Equals this year.
More than five million people tuned in to see his live performance at the UEFA Euro 2020 event, a new high. In the research, Sam Ryder is placed second among the songs and artists who have dominated the platform in the UK this year. The top five are rounded off by KSI and Yungblud.
The vocalist of Castle on the Hill got the newest admirers this year.
Ed’s Instagram account has just under 10 million followers and just under 80 million likes, placing him ahead of last year’s top artist, Essex-based singer-songwriter Ryder, in terms of account views.
This year, the musician, whose album Equals was released in October, also had the newest followers, with Niall Horan, Coldplay, and Dua Lipa – whose music is regularly at the center of TikTok trends – also experiencing large gains.
‘2021 has been a landmark year for TikTok, our artists and partners across the UK music industry, a year when our artist community and sounds became even bigger and more diverse and when fans discovered and rediscovered incredible music, both new and old.’ said Paul Hourican, head of music operations EU and UK for TikTok.
Ed, who welcomed his first child in August 2020, surprised fans when he stated that he would be taking a hiatus from performing for a few years to focus on his family.
Following a comeback earlier this year, the Suffolk native is capping off the year with a bang, as his Christmas song with Sir Elton John landed at number one in the UK singles chart on Friday.
In its debut week on the charts, Merry Christmas, a single released last week, sold 76,700 copies.
The song has garnered 7.6 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company.
The song is Elton’s second of the year, after his collaboration with Dua Lipa on Cold Heart. It is the A-Team singer’s third number one of the year and his 12th overall (PNAU Remix).
The revenues from the song will go to Ed’s Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John Aids Foundation.