Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" video

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” video

Ed Sheeran rarely appears in his music videos for more than a few seconds and maybe now we know why. He appears alongside a female dancer in the video for his romantic single “Thinking Out Loud” and the two perform some beautiful choreography that is so sexy and out of character for Sheeran, you’re sure to watch it with your mouth wide open.

It’s a simple video. Sheeran and his partner dance in an empty ballroom wearing black and white, a sure nod to the fact that the sweet x cut is sure to be a favorite wedding song for years to come.

I’m pretty happy Sheeran decided to appear in this video instead of hiring an actor. It makes it much sweeter for fans. Continue reading

Ed Sheeran performs "One" (YoutTube)

Ed Sheeran performs “One” (YoutTube)

When Ed Sheeran was ready to release the lead single from the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed album + earlier this year, he did so in a way that was very much a representation of himself as an artist: He released a video of himself performing a portion of the album’s single, “Sing,” in an empty stadium. There was no large stage production, just Sheeran and his guitar standing in the spotlight on a barren stage.

Sheeran’s live shows are far from empty, mostly groups of teenage girls and their parents filled the Gwinnett Arena on Friday, Sept. 12, but the stage production wasn’t much different. Aside from a few lights and over a dozen sliding screens that hung from the ceiling showing Ed and pre-recorded videos throughout the show, there wasn’t much else on the stage. There was no band, no backup singers and no dancers.

It was just Ed Sheeran, standing in the middle of the stage with his guitar, loop machine, two microphones and three risers. Often a member of his crew would run on stage to trade guitars with Sheeran before disappearing again. During the two hour set he was the only other person to touch the stage.

It’s funny, then, that Sheeran’s live show, comprised of sweet acoustic tunes, has such a huge, arena-filling sound. He spends just enough time creating harmonies, background vocals and beating on his guitar to this desired effect. It’s as intriguing as it is amazing to watch the singer in this element and it’s a true testament to his musicality.

The one downside to the show is it’s fast pace. Even when Sheeran is singing slower songs, they seem to be sped up, rushed almost, because of the singer’s rapid strumming and the chaotic background noise he often loops to give his songs depth. Show opener “I’m a Mess” benefits from this sound, as does the + track “Drunk,” where the screens show hazy negatives of Sheeran as his strumming is sped up to delirium. “Forget about singing, just scream it,” the singer encourages fans after telling them their job during the show was to lose their voices by the end of his set. The show’s highlight probably would’ve been the performance of “Give Me Love” had Sheeran not popped his guitar strings (chalk it up to the fast-paced strumming). The song crescendos to raucous heights, but Sheeran definitely lost his momentum after his strings broke and spent a little while fumbling with his loop pedal. Had things gone well, this energetic cut, rather than the more solemn “I See Fire,” would’ve been a better closer.

The quiet moments are welcome in this set and as amazing it is that Sheeran can create such a huge sound by himself, it is just as fascinating that he can quiet an arena full of screaming girls to sing his more sentimental cuts. Fans illuminated the sky with their cell phones during “One” and songs like “Thinking Out Loud,” the song in the set that would no doubt be dedicated to audience engagements if Sheeran’s fan base was a little older. The arena was the quietest, however, for “Afire Love,” a song Sheeran wrote about losing his grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s. For this song he asked fans not to sing along and, surprisingly, they obliged.

Elsewhere in the set, he mixes new and old hits with his current single “Don’t.” “Don’t fuck with my love. These girls ain’t loyal,” he sang, incorporating Chris Brown’s popular single to the delight of fans, before diving into Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” Meshing x album cut “Runaway” with Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” didn’t make as much sense lyrically, but it still got the crowd excited.

Whether he’s singing about his ex, his liver, his late grandfather or hilariously dedicating a song (“Little Bird”) to all of the chickens that die everyday so that the world can have chicken nuggets, he is always able to keep his audience entertained without anything more than his voice and guitar.

And therein lies the magic of Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran covers Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"

Ed Sheeran covers Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”

THIS IS HOW YOU DO A COVER, GUYS.

First of all, let us all acknowledge the fact that Ed Sheeran can sing literally anything with his guitar and loop machine present and make it sound like a something that is deserving of all the praise. Second, let’s remember the fact that Snow Patrol’s excellent hit single “Chasing Cars” is an instant producer of feelings.

When you add the two together it literally equals a puddle of golden tears.

Ed Sheeran’s cover of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” is literally a puddle of golden tears. DO YOU HEAR ME?

Maybe I’m extra excited because I get to see Sheeran in concert on Friday and the thought of him silencing an arena full of screaming fans as he sings of his relationship woes makes me giddy. I can’t be sure.

All I know is this cover is special not because it stands out against Sheeran’s other performances, but because it is yet another example of his consistency. Continue reading

Island

Island

Jessie Ware has dropped off another moody cut in anticipation for her forthcoming album Tough Love.

If her captivating new single “Say You Love Me” feels like it could’ve been sung by Ed Sheeran, even down to the choir-like backing towards the end, it’s for a good reason. The talented singer/songwriter co-wrote the solid cut, which means it’s painstakingly beautiful.

“I don’t want to fall in love if you don’t want to try,” Ware sings over a steady percussion and melodic guitar riffs.

The songstress will release Tough Love later this year and it seems like it’s going to be quite hazardous for the emotionally unstable.

The album’s title track is easily one of my favorite singles of the year thus far. Continue reading

Ed Sheeran in "Don't" video

Ed Sheeran in “Don’t” video

The heartbreak and betrayal in Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” is so vivid that fans could easily imagine a music video for the single that precisely followed the song’s lyrics. But that would’ve been too predictable.

Instead, the newly released visuals follows a man as he goes through a series of homes, trying on different looks and lifestyles, while doing some pretty amazing dance moves.

Like most of his videos, Sheeran only appears briefly in the video.

Sheeran is currently preparing to release a Don’t EP later this month, according to Digital Spy. Continue reading

Instagram

Instagram

Ryan Seacrest revealed the lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival moments ago and it’s a pretty good one!

This year’s festival will includes sets from Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Lorde and more!

The iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 19 and 20. Tickets for both days go on sale to the public this Saturday, July 26.

The lineup comes just days after the first round of iTunes Festival performers were announced.

The most important news here, however, is that new music from Taylor Swift is likely right around the corner.

View the rest of the iHeart Radio Music Festival lineup here.

Elektra

Elektra

Ed Sheeran’s x tops the Billboard Hot 200 this week with 210,000 copies sold in it’s debut week. The sophomore album marks Sheeran’s highest position on the chart. His debut album + debuted and peaked at no. 5.

It’s well deserved, too. x features great songwriting and production that even those outside of Sheeran’s young fanbase can appreciate.

Continuing the British takeover of the chart, the no. 2 spot is occupied by Sam Smith this year. His debut album In the Lonely Hour sold 67,000 copies in the last week.

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Ed Sheeran in "All of the Stars" video

Ed Sheeran in “All of the Stars” video

Ed Sheeran turned 5 Seconds of Summer’s anthemic “She Looks So Perfect” into a sweet acoustic track recently for CapitalFM. This new version finds Sheeran delivering the rallying chant in his head voice.

With the song’s sweet lyrics (“If I showed up with a plane ticket and a shiny diamond ring with your name on it would you want to run away, too? Cuz all I really want is you”) it’s not hard to see why the songwriter would like the song enough to cover it. Sheeran’s latest album, x, is full of sentimental lyrics in a similar vein.

The singer performed at the Glastonbury festival in England over the weekend. Continue reading

HAIM performs at Glastonbury festival

HAIM performs at Glastonbury festival

If you, like me, were anywhere but England last week you missed out on days worth of good music. Singers such as Dolly Parton, Lana Del Rey and HAIM performed during Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts this year and BBC was kind enough to upload a few of the performance to YouTube for those of us that didn’t get to attend the festival in person.

Watch Ed Sheeran, Disclosure, Bleachers, James Blake, The Wailers and more perform their popular songs for the gigantic crowd below. Continue reading

Atlantic

Atlantic

The sophomore slump can be hard to shake. Especially when your first album was well received and you’ve spent the past year touring and hanging out with one of the world’s biggest pop stars (Taylor Swift) and writing for others (One Direction). Based on Ed Sheeran’s writing credits since the release of + it was clear that his first album wasn’t just a fluke but that didn’t mean there was no reason to worry about how his sophomore album would come out.

x features production credits with a few major producers on x (pronounced “multiply”), but the heart of his songs remain his knack for detail-oriented storytelling and the simple acoustic elements fans grew to love on his debut album. He’s still the likeable ginger who can mesmerize a crowd with his versatile vocal delivery, guitar and loop machine.

On x Sheeran is still struggling to deal with the same emotions he felt three years ago, but now, it seems, he feels things more intensely than ever. These stories make for a great second album, but even when listening to the best cuts on the album, you get the feeling that the best is yet to come.

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