Ed Sheeran is clearly a man who is comfortable in his own skin. Loveable Ed has had to put up with more than his fair share of criticism in recent months, as a number of artists have lined up to take pot-shots at him. Earlier this year, former Oasis star Noel Gallagher criticized Sheeran when it was revealed that Ed was to play three sold out nights at the 80,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in London.
According to NME, Gallagher slammed Sheeran after hearing he had sold out Wembley, saying “I don’t think I can live in a world where that’s even possible. When you hear that kind of polished pop and then there’s a ginger guy with a f****ng guitar it seems subversive, but it’s f****ng not.”
Sheeran refused to be drawn into a fight with Gallagher, and simply responded by tweeting “I can live in it, it’s really enjoyable.” Sheeran was then slammed by the Guardian, who claimed that Ed was “inoffensive and vaguely credible.” The Telegraph then got in on the act when they called Sheeran and Sam Smith the “new kings of bland pop.”
Last week, it was reported in Inquisitr that former Smith’s front-man and terminally miserable Morrissey was the latest to take a shot at Sheeran and Smith. Morrissey claimed that Sheeran was “sad, obvious, and predictable,” and ranted that the public are “force-fed” Sheeran’s music by all-powerful record companies. Morrissey went on to say that Sheeran and Smith were only successful because they were the beneficiaries of a massive marketing exercise.
The Mirror reports that Sheeran has hit back at Morrissey’s claims by taking to Twitter to voice his displeasure. Ed picked up on an NME report of Morrissey’s comments and hit back in a typically understated way, calling the report “b****cks” and saying that Sam Smith was the least predictable success story of the past year.
Despite the moans from Morrissey and Gallagher, Ed Sheeran’s career goes from strength to strength. Over the last weekend, Sheeran created a new music industry record by becoming the first solo artist to sell out Wembley stadium three nights in a row. Sheeran performed on his own without a backing band, according to Hit The Floor, it was just Sheeran, his guitar and a loop pedal.
The London Standard reported that Sheeran’s shows were a resounding success. Sheeran “held this audience with just his voice and guitar: an impressive and presumably highly lucrative solo performance.”
What do Inquisitr readers think? Do Gallagher and Morrissey have a point? Are Sheeran and Smith successful simply because the music industry is so poor at present?
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