Ed Sheeran has been having a blast, touring Australia and Asia and playing with Rudimental. Music Times reports that Rudimental has toured with Ed Sheeran for the past couple of years. Plus, Sheeran and Rudimental have collaborated on a track called, “Lay It All On Me.” In mid-November, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental did a guest performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was soulful and well-received.
Not only is Ed Sheeran wowing crowds in Australia and Asia and the fans of Ellen Degeneres, he is also becoming the king of streaming. According to Mashable, he has become the most streamed male artist in the U.K., with The Weeknd coming in second and Drake coming in third. In fact, earlier this year, Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” became the first song ever to reach 500 million streams on Spotify. Sheeran is also in the Number 2 spot on the world streaming stage.
Edward is the most streamed artist on Spotify and he overtook Eminem! Incredible #MTVStars Ed Sheeran pic.twitter.com/spyHkVnEOr
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Ed Sheeran has fans everywhere. Even sports stars are big fans and PlayStation Lifestyle reports that Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is pretty good at lip syncing. Curry teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal and a few fans of Guitar Hero and did a lip sync rendition of Sheeran’s “Sing.”
With all of this success under his belt, Ed Sheeran is up for the British Artist of the Year Award at the BBC Music Awards, but he will have some stiff competition. Independent reports that Adele is also in the running and she is an artist to be reckoned with. Also in the running are Foals, Jamie xx, Florence And The Machine, and Years And Years.
Apparently, it has been a huge year for music in Britain, at least according to the director of BBC Music, Bob Shennan.
“What a year it’s been for music. Our shortlists represent the artists who have created some of the biggest and most impactful music moments of the year. I’m looking forward to the big unveiling in Birmingham next week.”
Rolling Stone Australia recently caught up with Ed Sheeran to talk about Wembley and his career. Sheeran played Wembley Stadium three nights in a row, and he was sold out for every performance. This is despite the fact that everyone involved wanted him to do only one show.
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“I said, ‘We’ll do three nights’ and everyone was like, ‘Er, no Ed, we’ll do one, and be happy with it.’ But I wanted to make a statement with it… and I don’t think one is enough of a statement. One night is like, ‘Holy sh*t, he’s got to that point?’, but three is, ‘This is bloody ridiculous, what the f**k?’ A lot of people can do one Wembley, but I think the last people to do three Wembleys were One Direction and Take That – genuine phenomenons – and I wanted to go out on this album campaign as a phenomenon.”
Chatting in Ed Sheeran’s dressing room, Rolling Stone also talked to Sheeran about, well, everything. Sheeran revealed that he’s not a fan of attending awards shows.
“At award shows I never really feel like I fit in, but I think most artists feel the same way. We all put on a front to sit there.”
It’s clear that Ed Sheeran is very down to earth and knows what he wants. It’s also clear that his star will shine for a very long time. After all, he’s only 24-years-old. The biggest joy of all will be watching his career grow and mature as he does. Just imagine what Ed Sheeran will sound like in twenty years.
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