Shape of You for String Quartet / String Orchestra
Shape of You – Instrument : Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola/ Violin 3, Cello ( + piano/ harp optional )
Key : C# min ( original key)
Note : Ed Sheeran released Shape of You together with Castle On The Hill. The two songs were the first releases from his third album, ÷ (Divide). It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017
Shape Of You is based around a tropical house-inspired lead melody and dancehall beat. A rhythm is given by xylophones, guitars and percussions. The style and rhythm has been noted as close to the recent Sia success, Cheap Thrills, which has caused some controversy. Ed has denied receiving inspiration from the track. Shape of You was written with the intention of it being recorded by Rihanna, but Sheeran later decided to keep it for himself.
In the song, Sheeran sings about meeting someone at a bar and falling in love with her; a love distinct from those in much of his previous work as it more focused on the physical than the emotional.
Shape of You debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 13 January, selling 227,000 copies in its first week. Sheeran also debuted at number 2 with the song “Castle on the Hill”, making him the only artist in UK chart history to debut in the top two positions.
The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 240,000 downloads and gaining 20 million streams in its debut week in the US, becoming Sheeran’s first number one song in the country. Sheeran also became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 the same week in the history of the Hot 100, with “Castle on the Hill” also debuting at number six. Shape of You has topped the Hot 100 for six non-consecutive weeks. In its fourth week at number one, the song also topped the Mainstream Top 40, becoming Sheeran’s second number-one single on the chart (after 2015’s “Thinking Out Loud”)