Harry Styles debut could miss No.1 after Spotify glitch

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From Digital Spy

Harry Styles sent the internet into a frenzy when he released his debut single 'Sign of the Times' on Friday (April 7).

With the massive hype and all the talk around it, surely it's set to soar to the number one spot in the charts, right?

Well, not exactly – and it's not just down to the all-conquering Ed Sheeran, either.

According to reports, a glitch on Spotify that meant fans couldn't search for Hazza's new song when it was released may have cost the One Direction star hundreds of thousands of streams.

A rep for the streaming service told Variety that the error was due to "a technical issue for both Free and Premium", adding: "There should be no further issue, though users unable to play this track need to reinstall the Spotify application to remove the cache."

Naturally, the ramifications could be big for the song's chart potential, denying the star a massive chunk of streams and possibly even that coveted number one spot.

The song is currently sitting on the top of the Official Charts for sales, though that is yet to take streams into account.

Digital Spy reached out to Spotify, which had no comment, and also contacted Harry's reps and the Official Charts.

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The singer unveiled the single on Radio 1 on Friday, and gave a wide-ranging interview about the direction of his new music.

"In the least weird way possible, it's my favourite album to listen to at the moment," he explained. "I think if you put out something that you don't stand behind and really love... then if it doesn't go well, you could regret not doing what you wanted to do.

"Whereas if nothing happens with it, I love it you know, so I think that's what you should do. I think that's been my favourite part to the overall thing, is listening to the album and making all the changes – it has been fun to watch over it all.

"I think we are all fans of music and I think we made it as the fan. I hope we did a good job but I really like the album so I hope people like it."

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