Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes are no stranger to big digital numbers. Their latest achievements come from YouTube.
Sheeran’s official artist channel has just reached 40 million subscribers, which YouTube says makes him only the second artist to hit that milestone. The first? Justin Bieber: he’s on 45.6 million YouTube subscribers. Eminem (38.1 million), Ariana Grande (36.5 million) and Marshmello (36.4 million) aren’t far behind Ed though.
Shawn Mendes, meanwhile, has just reached 20 million subscribers with his own YouTube channel. He’s also doing rather well in this week’s YouTube Global Artists chart, being the third-ranked artist with 185m weekly views across his catalogue. Only now-familiar chart-topper Alka Yagnik (232m) and Latin star J Balvin (200m) are ahead. To wrap things up nicely, Ed Sheeran is also back in the top 10 of this particular chart, with 134m weekly views.