Shaun's Music Minute 4-18-17

Ed Sheeran Holds On To Number One, Harry Styles Makes His Hot 100 solo Debut              

Despite a new single from Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran was successfully able to hold on to number one for another week. Ed’s “Shape of You” continues its reign on top of the Hot 100 for a 12th week, while it retains the number one spot on the Radio Songs chart for a 10th week. 

Coming in at number two this week is Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” followed by Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” at three. As for Harry’s “Sign of the Times,” it debuts at number four on the Hot 100, although it did debut at number one on the Digital Songs chart as well. This makes Harry the second One Direction member to debut in the Top Ten after his former bandmate Zayn Malik who debuted at number one with “Pillowtalk” in February 2016.

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters & More Sign Guitar For Planned Parenthood              

A bunch of your favorite artists have come together to record songs for "7-Inches for Planned Parenthood," a collection of 7-inch vinyl albums benefiting Planned Parenthood. Well, now some of them are doing even more to help raise money for the organization. 

In conjunction with the release, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Sia, Tom Petty and Ryan Adams are among the 102 artists who have signed a Gibson CJ-165 acoustic guitar, which is being auctioned off for the organization.

The guitar, which was donated by Reuben Cox, who owns Old Style Guitar Shop in Los Angeles, is part of a raffle, and fans can donate just $10 to Planned Parenthood to be in the running to win the one-of-a-kind instrument. They’ll also get a bound book of photos featuring the artists who signed it.

Ed Sheeran Gives Dying Fan The Ultimate Gift              

It’s no secret that Ed Sheeran is good to his fans, but what he did for one ill fan goes above and beyond what most artists will do.

During a recent appearance on Ireland’s “The Ray D'Arcy Show,” a young man named Aiden Priestly revealed the selfless act Ed did for Aiden’s terminally ill 15-year-old sister Triona Priestley.

Right before Triona lost her battle with cystic fibrosis in 2014, Ed called the teenager after being made aware of the fan’s condition through a Twitter campaign, “#SongForTri.” 

“We were in this small little ICU room. Triona in this huge bed covered in tubes and machines," Aiden shared. “My brother left the room. He returned then and said, ‘I’m just going to put you on loud speaker,’ and he clicks it, then Ed Sheeran comes on and saying, ‘Hi Triona. I hear you’re a big fan.”

  • Ed then performed the tune “Little Bird,” because it was Triona’s favorite, and soon after her heart had stopped. Aiden explains, “we take the mask off because she’d been on a machine to breathe – and in that moment, I remember, a burst of light comes from the window and she’s smiling.
  • Not long after that Ed reacted to the news of Triona’s death, writing on Twitter, “Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x.”
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