Ed Sheeran has been working on a new collaboration with the British group Rudimental. The song is called “Lay It On Me” and will be out on October 2 on Rudimental’s second album; However, according to MTV, this will be the last we hear from Ed Sheeran for awhile.
“It’s the last song we’re getting until Ed drops his third album, and we don’t know when that’ll be.”
In the meantime, Ed Sheeran seems to be working on his secret superpower: matchmaking.
It was very recently revealed that Sheeran was responsible for introducing Counteney Cox to her now-fiancee Johnny McDaid, and Ed Sheeran is also beginning to become an expert at helping his fellow musicians successfully propose to their significant others. According to Billboard, Sheeran helped Rixton band member Jake Roche pop the question to Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson on July 19.
Sheeran performed his wingman role, again, as Kodaline bassist Jason Boland proposed to his girlfriend while onstage on Saturday, July 25.
The “Thinking Out Loud” singer did all of this while also performing in front of sell-out crowds at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. All told, Sheeran performed in front of more than 160,000 fans with the assistance of Glen Hansard and Kodaline appearing alongside Ed Sheeran.
Thank you to Kodaline and Glen Hansard for joining me on stage today to sing some tunes. And congratulations to Jay, what a way to propose!
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 25, 2015
According to Goss, the Saturday night performance featured Kodaline and Ed Sheeran on the stage together. At the end of a song, Boland took a microphone while Sheeran asked in the background if he had something to say. After asking the question – and getting a “yes” from his girlfriend – the crowd of roughly 80,000 attendees erupted.
The large crowds are nothing new to the English-born musician. Ed Sheeran was 2014’s most streamed artist, according to Spotify. He’s extremely successful in Ireland, where his 2014 album “X” (pronounced “multiply”) has been on the Irish Top 10 Albums‘ list for 57 consecutive weeks, according to Irish Times.
Two days prior to playing in front of a sold-out Croker, Sheeran performed an intimate show in front of a considerably smaller audience at the Whalen. The concert was a part of Australian radio network Nova‘s Red Room Global Tour, a concert series where artists play to contest winners around the world. As RTE Ten reported, Ed Sheeran didn’t disappoint and the red-headed artist kept his audience enraptured for more than an hour after the scheduled finishing time.
Ed Sheeran endured himself to his faithful Irish fans. After donning an Ireland jersey in his Friday night performance, Sheeran also wore a Wexford uniform on the second night. In soccer-crazed European countries that’s tantamount to performing in a Dallas Cowboys’ jersey in the heart of Texas.
— Martin Furlong (@martinjfurlong) July 25, 2015
Ed Sheeran told the audience how excited he was to play for the people of Ireland, Goss reported.
“Hand on heart you guys are always the best people in the world to play to.”
He also took to Twitter to discuss his feelings after the shows in Dublin.
Bloody hell that was mental
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 24, 2015
Reviews of his performances were glowing, gushing about how his fan interaction and music kept the attendees in a fever pitch the entire time. His fans didn’t hold back, either.
— Stephen Ryan (@MarketingInCork) July 26, 2015
— Rebecca Cullen (@Rebecca__Cullen) July 26, 2015
— Aimee ツ (@LilMissAmsie) July 26, 2015
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