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Posted 14 January 2017 17:58


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I know that many of us love Ed Sheeran. He's inescapable since he released his 2 first singles on January 9th. Simply amazing to see the overwhelming wave of love sent his way by million of supporters across the world. Well deserved too!

So, this is Ed, just being amazing again... Wow!

Official Charts, 13 January 2017
Ed Sheeran scores biggest comeback since Adele, smashing TWO Official Chart records

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/ed-sheeran-scores-biggest-comeback-since-adele-smashing-two-official-chart-records__17772/

Ed Sheeran has delivered the biggest comeback since Adele with a double record-breaking week on the Official Singles Chart, as his two new singles Shape of You and Castle on the Hill enter at Number 1 and 2, a first for any artist, and sets a new UK streaming record in the process.

Shape of You becomes Sheeran’s third Number 1 single, following 2014’s Sing and Thinking Out Loud, while Castle on the Hill enters at 2. Look back at Ed Sheeran’s complete Official UK Chart history here.

The feat sets a new record on the Official Chart – no other artist has entered at positions 1 and 2 on the chart with new tracks.

Commenting on the record-breaking success of both songs, Sheeran told OfficialCharts.com:“I’m incredibly chuffed that they’ve gone straight in at Number 1 and 2 today. Both tracks mean a huge amount to me so it really is amazing to see them go to the top of the chart together on the first week. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of the album in March!”

Ed has bagged the biggest opening week for any artist since Adele’s record-breaking return in November 2015 when she shot straight to Number 1 with 332,000 combined sales of Hello, while Ed has racked up a staggering 421,000 across his two new releases over the past seven days.

Shape Of You and Castle on the Hill have both performed strongly on downloads and streaming, with both songs individually smashing the one-week streaming record previously held by Drake’s One Dance, which racked up 8.9 million plays in one week last summer.

Shape Of You notched up 227,000 combined sales this week, made up of 137,000 downloads and 13.4 million streams, while Castle on the Hill managed 194,000 combined sales, split between 120,000 downloads and 11.07 million streams.

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Forbes, 14 January 2017
Here's How Amazing Last Week Was For Ed Sheeran On Spotify

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2017/01/14/heres-how-amazing-last-week-was-for-ed-sheeran-on-spotify/#5d7bf9a643c4

Last Friday, Ed Sheeran caused quite the commotion when he released not one but two new singles, posting them to streaming services and digital stores at the same time, as well as uploading lyric videos on YouTube. The songs were immediately embraced by fans around the world, and they responded by listening over and over again. In the days since, “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” have changed streaming history, and the singer-songwriter has secured himself a pair of smashes that are sure to stick around for some time to come.

Here are just a few of the records that Sheeran broke this past week on Spotify.

Best First Day Streams (Twice)

Both of Sheeran’s new singles broke the record for the most streams in the first 24 hours of availability. Unsurprisingly (after looking at what the song has been able to do around the world in a week), “Shape Of You” led the charge with 6.8 million clicks, while “Castle On The Hill” followed not too far behind with 6.1 million. It is worth noting that “Shape” beat out the last record-holder, One Direction’s “Drag Me Down,” by over two million plays. That song used to be on top with 4.7 million.

Best One Day Total For A Song

“Shape Of You” went on to be streamed even more fervently after the first day passed, and it eventually ended up becoming the song with the most plays in a single day of all time. The track just missed hitting the eight million mark shortly after it was released, and it barely slipped past Adele’s “Hello,” which also came close to that milestone back in late 2015.

Best First Week For A Song

In the first seven days it was available, “Shape Of You” was played incessantly, and that song now holds the record for the most streams in a debut week from a new track. The upbeat, tropical-leaning tune was streamed 52,359,013 times, according to the Swedish service itself. A quick look back shows that Adele previously owned that honor, as her song “Hello” was played just under 47 million times when it was first released.
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Posted 14 January 2017 20:35


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I think this is a very nice offer for the hardcore fans of Ed Sheeran.

http://store.edsheeran.com/eu/deluxe-boxset-32.html

Multi-talented global sensation Ed Sheeran returns with his record-breaking third studio album ÷, the limited edition Deluxe Boxset release includes:

- 12” x 12” premium hardcover book with photos, lyrics and artwork
- 2 x heavyweight blue vinyl, exclusive to this edition of the album
- Deluxe CD album
- Silver plated Divide charm and necklace, packaged separately
- Deluxe digital album sent to you at release

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Posted 20 January 2017 02:50


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I haven't been this excited about British boy music since....well...you know.

So happy to see him pop up with some new stuff. I absolutely adore this boy's mad talent.
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Posted 11 March 2017 07:51


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Ed got a new album out. He now has 16 songs in the top 20 singles charts at the moment. I hate the way the single charts are now. Single charts should be just for singles only, not every song that is downloaded from an album.
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Posted 11 March 2017 19:22


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I heard this on the radio today and i thought i had misheard, how can anyone have 16 singles in the top 20 charts? Weird!

Now you have explained that Holy Spirit i understand how, as you say, it shouldn't be like that
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Posted 12 March 2017 17:10


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Ed is literally re-writing every day new chapters in the story of the music industry.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2017/mar/10/ed-sheeran-has-16-songs-in-the-top-20-and-its-a-sign-of-how-sick-the-charts-are

The Guardian, by Laura Snapes
Friday 10 March 2017

Ed Sheeran has 16 songs in the Top 20 – and it's a sign of how sick the charts are

With endless streaming on services such as Spotify, one artist was bound to dominate the Top 40 at some point. Can the charts be fixed?

I’ll never forget the worst Top 40 of my young life. In autumn 1998, Cher’s Believe was No 1 for seven weeks. As a nine-year-old chart fanatic, I was raging. Who was this ageless cyborg? What was she doing in my charts? Wasn’t hogging the top spot against the rules? (Rules I had made up – like thinking an album had to contain 10 songs.) If it hurt when she kept Steps’ Heartbeat from its rightful No 1 spot, it was nothing compared with the injustice she dealt to Bryan Adams and Mel C’s When You’re Gone. I had a devout faith in the UK Top 40 as a beacon of all that was right and true. But looking back on the charts of my childhood, they resemble the toy aisle in Woolworths, full of plasticky pop that would have repulsed fans of Britpop, which had dominated proceedings just a couple of years earlier. Still, I kept faith for a few more years.

Most music fans had a point at which the charts ceased to be a key reference point for music – mine was around 2002 – but since the demise of Top of the Pops in 2006 and the introduction of streaming, there have been fewer and fewer reasons for anyone to jump on in the first place.

Ed Sheeran’s total chart domination this week – all 16 songs on his album ÷ are in the Top 20 singles, and all of his three albums are in the Top 5 albums – will be the first time in years, save the odd Christmas chart battle, that most of us have had a clue what’s going on in the Top 40. Since the introduction of streaming in June 2014, the charts have become granular and stagnant, with fewer new acts breaking through. According to BBC figures, in the first six months of 2016, there were 86 new entries in the UK singles chart, compared with 230 a decade earlier. (Incidentally, Sheeran’s single Thinking Out Loud was the first streaming-abetted No 1.) The Official Charts Company underestimated the huge effect the change would have. In 2014, the format accounted for just 41.5% of the overall singles market, at a time when 100 streams were the equivalent of one “sale”. This January, the OCC announced that the figure had almost doubled to 80%, and that it was changing its rules, though not significantly: you now needed 150 streams to count as one unit.

I asked OCC chief executive Martin Talbot if Sheeran’s chart domination would induce another shift. “We will review chart methodologies (as we continually do) to see if there is something we could or should change,” he says. “But we shouldn’t (and won’t) rush to any kneejerk actions. The highest number of streams for any album before was Stormzy last week, which achieved 21,000 album streams, then a record for a No 1 album. As a result, Stormzy’s album ended up with one track in the Top 20 and seven tracks in the Top 40. In contrast, ÷ has generated 79,000 album streams. It is an absolute outlier. And you shouldn’t change rules for extreme cases.”

You can see why they wouldn’t: the overwhelming success of a British act is great PR for an organisation that’s dwindled in relevance next to YouTube and Spotify, with their more immediate metrics of plays and stats. But it’s also terrible PR – proof, if it were needed, that the charts are now, essentially, meaningless. The UK Top 40 has never been a pure reflection of an artist’s success – in the 1990s, labels took advantage of formatting rules by releasing singles in multiple versions to encourage the diehard fans to buy them all; previously there had been badges and picture discs and all the gimmicks designed to give one single an edge over the other. The system of compiling the chart from a small number of “chart return” record shops meant it was easy to game the Top 40 by sending people in to buy particular singles in bulk.

What’s different now is that the dominance of streaming rewards passivity – repeat listening – rather than active discovery. Streaming is a measure of a person’s available listening time, which concentrates the vote into the hands of a certain group who love playing the same tracks over and over. The public’s most prevalent tastes are thus revealed in gory detail, even though the focus on enduring popularity is like ranking the most popular supermarket purchases. Milk and bread will always dominate the upper echelons, with occasional exceptions for weeks when Saturday Kitchen does something cheeky with tamarind paste and everyone ransacks the specialist aisle.

It would be snobbish to lament Sheeran’s dominance, because his music clearly means the world to millions, and the thought of an album becoming part of the fabric of people’s lives is always heartening. (Saying that, Galway Girl, the dire mishmash of Irish stereotypes that Sheeran’s label tried to keep off the record, is proving to be its second most popular track: really?) And it’s not really about him (although Sheeran is a notorious figures hound, and delayed the release of ÷ to avoid clashing with with potential competition). This also would have happened before, with Adele’s 25, if she hadn’t initially withheld it from streaming to encourage physical sales. Sheeran and Adele are among a handful of artists with the power to distort the charts like this: Sheeran knows that the only act likely to dethrone him this year is Taylor Swift.

Can the charts be fixed? Do they need to be? Adding new rules – “You can only nominate X number of singles from an album, which have a shelf life of X number of weeks before being reabsorbed into the album,” for example – would only enhance the artificiality of the enterprise. But who would new rules satisfy and serve? Arguably, the only people who care are listeners of a certain age – those old enough to remember when the charts actually were the undisputed measurement of success, and when the songs you’d hear kids singing at bus stops were the ones at the very top of the chart (and I’d count myself, at 28, in that group).

The problem isn’t so much the charts as what streaming is doing to music itself. The vast gap between pop’s behemoths and everyone else is a problem that the medium only compounds. Just this week, Hudson Mohawke’s label LuckyMe was lamenting the fact that BBC Radio 1 isn’t breaking as many records out of specialist shows as it once was, but instead following streaming analytics in choosing what to play. It also results in a winnowing of sound. There may be 16 Ed Sheeran songs in the Top 40, but there are at least half a dozen more forged in his image. With the news that Sheeran is auditioning talents for his very own boyband, who will sing his songs and support him on tour, the Sheeran Singularity only beckons.

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Posted 23 March 2017 21:09


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I appreciate this artist, his last album is just amazing

Here we go again...
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Posted 28 June 2017 22:18
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There are some open air concerts in Germany in July. July 2018. Ticket sale 9.7.2017!
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Posted 05 July 2017 19:46


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I bet Ed leaves twitter for James' suggestions, so he wouldn't have competition as the king of twitter
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Posted 10 July 2017 14:01


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Much respect for Ed.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/concerts/7858043/ed-sheeran-toronto-concert-recap-air-canada-centre

Ed Sheeran Shows Off His Musical Prowess at Sold-Out Show in Toronto
Billboard
9 July 2017 by Karen Bliss

Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, with some 16,000 seats in concert configuration, is like a club show for Ed Sheeran, who sells out the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium in London for multiple nights. Put that in perspective. It’s staggering when you think about it: one guy with a guitar and loop pedal has become one of the biggest artists in the world. Point that out to the singer-songwriter (with the loop pedal) at the local pub.

The difference, of course, is he has hit songs, like “Shape of You,” “Photograph,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Castle on the Hill” and “Galway Girl;” but the 26-year-old Englishman also shows us what’s possible.

Perhaps, more importantly, to old-school music junkies, in this day and age when young people are exposed to singers with no live band and dance troupes; or DJs with laser lights — when sales of guitars are down — here’s a musician that has attained the highest career achievements, solo.

His success has bigger implications. Just like Sheeran was inspired as a kid when his dad took him to see Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, no doubt there are kids in this audience now wanting a guitar, inspired by him.

In Toronto, for his second sold-out night at the Air Canada Centre — and just a few dates into the North American leg of a 180-date world tour that began in Italy in mid-March and concludes next August in Poland — Sheeran unassumingly showed us how.

And for those paying attention, what he does is pretty mesmerizing, watching him create his backing tracks before our eyes, playing, recording, looping and adjusting. His seemingly insatiable thirst for water (reaching often to gulp from a plastic bottle) might also be a bit of a diversionary tactic, as he gets each track right.

The set list was virtually the same as the previous night, starting with “Castle on the Hill,” then “Eraser” — both from his latest album, ÷ (Divide) — before playing his breakthrough track, “The A Team,” from his 2011 debut album, + (Plus), demonstrating early on not just his prowess with a guitar and loop station, but for singing and rapping.

To be sure, this is not a campfire solo acoustic show; there isn’t even a stool in sight. He gets the track then is free to strum, sing, jump on a riser, thump out percussion on the body of the guitar, rapid-fire rap or do nothing at all when he gets the audience to sing back his lyrics for him.

His between-song chat wasn’t particularly memorable. He talked about the energy, how loud the previous night was (as well as in Buenos Aires, Argentina). He asked us to put one arm in the air or to get out our cell phones to light the joint. There were a couple of emotional stories when he talked about his grandparents, including the day he drove to see his sick grandmother and she wasn’t there, before playing the song he wrote for her, “”Supermarket Flowers” (his only change from Friday’s set, replacing Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” which he co-wrote).

That was a bit of a drag for the many fans who were there both nights. As a solo artist in the truest sense of the word, Sheeran could easily mix it up, reorder the songs or add in others, as well as change the banter, so that he could become one of those “I saw that concert in that city” performers, like a Springsteen where every show is different and special.

Set list:

"Castle on the Hill"
"Eraser"
"The A Team"
"Don't" / "New Man"
"Dive"
"Bloodstream"
"Happier"
"Galway Girl"
"Feeling Good" / "I See Fire"
"Supermarket Flowers"
"Photograph"
"Perfect"
"Nancy Mulligan"
"Thinking Out Loud"
"Sing"

Encore:
"Shape of You"
"You Need Me, I Don’t Need You"

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Posted 11 July 2017 06:27


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Just caught a bit of Ed's interview on the Today show that aired last week, where he talked about some of the musicians he would line up for back when he was younger. "I was front and center for just about every Jason Mraz concert in the UK" he said....

For old-timers, especially British old-timers, it might be an appropriate moment to check your shots from James's February 2006 UK "Winter Tour"....the one with Jason Mraz as support. Can't help wondering how many old-time Blunt fans might have rubbed shoulders with a skinny ginger guy that winter. Oddly, I do seem to remember someone like that at the original Global Gathering

There's your morning smile. No wonder Ed and James get along so well.

Annec xx
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Posted 12 July 2017 12:47


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Interesting ... there's an old time boardie who remembers bumping into a pre-fame Ed many years ago and getting chatting because of the Mraz tee he was wearing ....

I accompanied my daughter to see Ed when his first album had just been released and I went along not expecting much from him in the way of stage craft or material, but was very mistaken. He was really good, saying "my job is to entertain you and your job is to be entertained".

We got fab seats quite easily too - not something that would happen today

It would be amazing if someone turned up some photos, Annec xx


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Posted 15 July 2017 18:13


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While reading this piece, I have a déjà-vu feeling, isn't a similar thing that happened to James years ago?

http://965tic.cbslocal.com/2017/07/14/ed-sheeran-never-felt-this-much-hate/

Ed Sheeran on Fame: ‘I’ve Never Felt this Much Hate in My Life’
"It's quite daunting to have millions of people who want you to fail."

July 14, 2017
By Jon Wiederhorn

Ed Sheeran’s Irish-themed “Galway Girl” single has had a mixed effect on his audience and has contributed to the duality between those who adore him and those who can’t stand him.

“I’ve actually never felt this much hate in my life, but also I’ve never felt this much adoration,” he said in a recent interview with Q Magazine. “There’s two extremes. It’s actually quite a dangerous situation to be in because you’ve got no middle ground, which I haven’t had before. People either f—— hate me and want me to die and never make music again or people think I’m the second coming.”

In part, Sheeran has invited the split opinion. He knew “Galway Girl” and its accompanying video would be seen as offensive, obnoxious or just play annoying by some listeners, but he released it anyway to stir up the pot a little bit. When his label suggested he pull it from Divide he fought to keep it on the record.

“People do f—— hate that song, so they would say I’m wrong [to feature it on my album], but the general consensus is yes, it works,” he said. “That song’s proper Marmite, which is quite good. I want people to have an opinion, even if their opinion hurts me. I get called beige a lot, but it can’t be beige if it’s splitting this much f—— opinion.”

At the same time, Sheeran is perplexed and a little overwhelmed by the armchair critics who fling hatred his way over the internet. “It’s weird,” he said. “With every performer, you’re kind of doing it because you want people to like you. Musically, I understand I’m not everybody’s cup of tea but there are people who’ve never met me but have this rage about me as a human being. It’s quite daunting to have millions of people who want you to fail.”

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Posted 14 August 2017 22:01
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Thanks Annec you just made my day! Love that quote about Jason by Ed.
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Posted 10 November 2017 10:37


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Ed's latest video for the beautiful song 'Perfect' has so many references to James, plus the fact that he's wearing a baseball cap from James' tour merchandise.

https://youtu.be/2Vv-BfVoq4g

Ed wrote this song after spending time at James' house in Ibiza.

James taught Ed how to ski in Verbier.

They could have shot the video right inside La Vache, eating a 'James Blunt' pizza, but I guess there wasn't enough snow at the time of the filming, or for whatever reason.

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Posted 05 December 2017 23:08


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http://www.nme.com/news/music/ed-sheeran-godfather-james-blunt-carrie-fisher-2165293

Ha, the friendship with James continues!

But does this mean that baby Blunt no 2 has now been born and is another boy? It would seem odd to choose another godparent for baby no 1 at this stage and I thought James and Sofia were expecting again last summer? Did I miss some news? I haven't been around much!
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Posted 06 December 2017 18:22


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No nothing has been announced that I've seen. Wishing them well all the same.
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