|LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22 Justin Bieber (L) and Ed Sheeran attend the World Premiere of Ed Sheeran Jumpers For Goalposts at Odeon Leicester Square on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. BenettDave BenettWireImage) Getty|
Record companies Atlantic, Def Jam and Warner have boasted of a killer collaboration and a surefire best-seller. Both stars sing of being at a party that they don’t want to attend, but they don’t care because they are with their loved ones. Bieber, 25, married Hailey Baldwin last year and Sheeran, 28, has hinted that he has married his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in a private ceremony.
The song easily came in on top of the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart update, which has just been released. The single accumulated 4.7 million streams across the weekend, the chart statisticians said. It achieved more digital downloads than the rest of the Top 5 combined at the “midweek” point, putting it in a strong position to be the Official No. 1 on Friday. The song is poised to be Sheeran’s sixth chart-topper in his native Britain, and the seventh for Bieber. The two have already made Top 10 appearances in Britain, with 77 Top 40 hits in total. The Billboard scoring period for the next chart in the U.S. closes this Thursday evening.
The new single set a Spotify record as the most for one day, and the biggest debut-day sum for any track – nearly 11 million hits worldwide. The lyric video of “I Don’t Care” stands at nearly 27 million hits on YouTube, the trailer at nearly 3 million and official audio at 6 million.
Both Bieber and Sheeran have collaborated before, on “Love Yourself” and “Cold Water,” as well as separately working with other stars such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Drake.
In 2018, Sheeran’s earnings were boosted by a world tour which brought in box-office takings of about $1 million a night across 94 gigs and continued sales of “Shape of You,” which has now shifted more than 40 million copies.
Britain’s The Sunday Times reported that Sheeran has doubled his wealth in the last year to a total worth of £160 million (about $200 million). His net value has now risen above that for Adele, who has not toured since 2017, the newspaper reported.
In November 2018, Sheeran was in second place in the Forbes list of The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30 (behind Kylie Jenner) with $110 million. He was in No. 9 in terms of all celebrities. Bieber has just become the first artist to have six songs hit a billion streams on Spotify.