How To Play Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

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This video lesson covers all the sections of the new song by Ed Sheeran. Includes chord diagrams, strumming pattern and song sheet.

Here are the diagrams for all the chords used throughout the song.

Castle on the Hill”  by  Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with “Shape of You“. “Castle on the Hill” was written and produced by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. The song refers to Framlingham Castle in Sheeran’s home town.

Released on the same day as “Shape of You”, “Castle on the Hill” reached number two in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany, while “Shape of You” debuted at number one. It was first time in the history of the UK, Australian and German charts that an artist has taken the top two chart positions with new songs. The song debuted at number six in the US, while “Shape of You” entered at number one; this made Sheeran the first artist ever to have two songs simultaneously debut in the US top 10.

“Castle on the Hill” debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 13 January, selling 193,000 combined units in its first week. Sheeran also debuted at number one with “Shape of You”, making him the only artist in UK chart history to debut in the top two positions in the same week. The song was certified silver in the first week due to selling 200,000 units. The song remained at number two in its second week, selling 100,000 units. The song spent a further three weeks at number two, and spent fourteen weeks in the top ten altogether. As of September 2017, the song has sold 1.7 million combined units in the UK, 479,000 of these are actual sales, with 119 million streams. On the Scottish Singles Chart, “Castle on the Hill” debuted at number one, ahead of “Shape of You”.

The song debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 171,000 downloads and gaining 13 million streams in its debut week in the US. Sheeran also became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 in the same week in the history of the Hot 100, with “Shape of You” also debuting at number one. As of September 2017, “Castle on the Hill” has sold 821,000 downloads in the US.