Ed Sheeran Surprised Himself With The Weeknd Collaboration

Ed Sheeran. Who wouldn’t want to collaborate with him? Seriously, he is a hot commodity on the music scene. Still according to MTV News, Sheeran wasn’t so sure The Weeknd really wanted to collaborate when he asked Sheeran one night when they were both drunk at a party.

“When we were at the party, we were really drunk, and he was like, ‘You should come to my house tomorrow! We should write a song!’ And in my head, I’m like, the Weeknd doesn’t wanna write a song — the Weeknd doesn’t work with anyone. He’s got one feature on his album, which is Kanye West. He doesn’t wanna do that. And then the next day, he hit me up again, so I went, and we wrote this song, which is really, really f**king good.”

The collaboration, “Dark Times,” clearly turned out to be a smash hit, and Ed Sheeran joined The Weeknd on the Air Canada Centre stage last Thursday night to sing it with his bud.

But Sheeran has also been collaborating with Rudimental for the second time. The video for “Lay It All on Me” was released last Friday and is phenomenal, a black-and-white video opening with the band members standing with their “younger selves.”

Ed Sheeran is getting around these days. He will soon be off to Sydney, Australia, to perform at the ARIAs on November 26. As reported by News Australia, Ed Sheeran seemed the logical choice for the performance because he goes to Australia often and is about to kick off a solo stadium tour there on November 28. Apparently, Sheeran is quite excited about the performance.

“I’ve never been to the ARIAs, I’ve wanted to go every single year, so this is quite exciting.”

Ed Sheeran loves to perform in Australia. The Daily Telegraph reports Sheeran thinks of Australia much the same way he thinks of England.

“Australia’s like England, but a bit more mental, you know? People are less reserved, which is my kind of thing.”

The fact that Ed Sheeran is touring Australia, appearing in Canada, and is in such high demand is pretty good for a guy who just thirteen years ago was busking outside a Dublin HMV music store. According to the Daily Telegraph, he was only eleven years old when busking covers of Damien Rice, and just last year he was singing his own songs to fans inside the same HMV music store in Dublin.

To go from busker to being one of the most in-demand performers in the world, Ed Sheeran moved to London and slept on couches, living rough and releasing EPs on YouTube. It wasn’t until 2011 that his big break came with the hit single, “The A Team.” Since then, he has never looked back. Plus, he’s earning about $32,000 a day, so he’s doing okay.

In fact, that kind of money makes it possible for Ed Sheeran to get any tattoo he wants, which includes the incredible lion tattoo he has on his chest. After posting a selfie showing off the tatt on Instagram, some folks wondered if it was a fake, while others expressed that they just didn’t like it.

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But Sheeran defended his tatt to the bitter end, even against fellow musician Tom Chaplin.

As reported by Seventeen, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Ed Sheeran appeared on Ellen and revealed the mystery behind the giant lion tattooed on his chest.

“I played the biggest venue you can play in England and sold out for three nights. England’s national emblem is a lion. All my tattoos are things that I’ve done in my career and they’re all leading to the middle bit which is the lion, and that’s like every part of my career.”

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