Beyoncé: one of the most popular artists of her era, powerful enough to squash a Brooklyn brewery that uses her name and font design, richest woman in music this year, helmer of 2017’s most-liked Instagram photo. Considering all of this, it might be a little surprising that she hasn’t had a No. 1 single on the Hot 100 since the second and final Bush administration, when “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” topped the charts for four weeks in 2008.
Today, Billboard revealed that she’s made a return to the top spot with Ed Sheeran after nearly nine years away. Beyoncé recently guested on the rapping red-haired boy’s syrupy love ballad, “Perfect.” You will hear this at every wedding for the next fifteen years, if your friends and family don’t opt for “Thinking Out Loud” instead.
Beyoncé’s feature choices this year have been kind of puzzling, if you count the snoozy Eminem collab “Walk on Water” and the crackling “Mi Gente” with J Balvin and Willy William. In theory, she doesn’t need to be taking these feature gigs. But given her nearly decade-long hiatus from the top spot and poor luck in gaining traction with Lemonade’s Tidal-exclusive singles, what’s she have to lose? “Perfect” is the first one to become a true smash of the bunch, but it’s doubtful that’s what she’s even going for here.
As for Eddie, he could come close to bookending his 2017 with two respectable runs at No. 1. (“Shape of You” held the top spot for 11 weeks from February through April.) In a just world, “Perfect” would be replaced up top by his actually perfect collaboration with Taylor Swift and Future, “End Game.”