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There was no pressure. It was just another day in the recording studio.

That was the key to writing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has been on the Hot 100 since it was released on Jan. 6, and topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart. It’s a tale of romance sketched in mundane details — “now my bedsheets smell of you” — with four chords delivered in plinking, dancehall-tinged syncopation. The song has drawn more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube and is also the most-played track ever on Spotify, with more than 1.5 billion streams.

Mr. Sheeran thought he already had enough songs for  the album he released this year, and he was pondering the final selections. As a diversion, he set up a recording session for his sideline: supplying songs to other performers. “I didn’t make this song to be mine to sing,” Mr. Sheeran said.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals How He Made ‘Shape Of You’

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