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Ed Sheeran loses Spotify title

Ed Sheeran's hit track Thinking Out Loud has lost its title as Spotify's most played song of all time.

The tune from the British singer's popular album X has been overtaken by Lean On by Major Lazer and DJ Snake as the most streamed song on the online service.

Lean On has now received 526 million plays worldwide, outflanking Thinking Out Loud to become Spotify's most popular song despite failing to top the charts in the U.K. following its release in March (15).

Ed previously became the first artist to score 500 million streams on Spotify with his love song, which broke a number of records including becoming the first track to spend a full year in the U.K. singles chart top 40.

The singer recently revealed how he gave cash-strapped songwriter Amy Wadge a financial boost by collaborating with her on Thinking Out Loud after she asked him for help.

She went to see Ed to ask him to release an old track they had written together, but instead, he staged an impromptu writing session with her which produced the top-selling single.

"She was going through financial troubles about a year ago," Ed told British newspaper the Daily Mirror. "She drove to my house - my album was nearly done - and she asked if I could put a song from when I was 17 on the deluxe album, so she could get a little bit of money and pay the mortgage and bills and stuff. While she was there, we wrote Thinking Out Loud. Now she never has to worry about money again."

Ed admits he is pleased to see Amy doing well now she has received some money from the song.

"She's got a family and two kids and stuff and every time I speak to her, she's going on holiday," he adds. "It's really nice to see. It wouldn't have happened if she hadn't come down from Wales to see me."

The Sing star is preparing to take a long break from music once he wraps up his tour dates next month (Dec15), and is even planning to ditch his social media accounts during his time off.

"I think a break for me is coming off my phone, social media and emails," he previously declared. "I am constantly on my phone, texting, replying to emails, on Twitter, on Snapchat, on Facebook. I just want to get off it and live and drive to places and listen to music and have normal conversations with people and get back to normality. I've got a packed schedule, then, when December 12 comes, it's done."

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