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Ed Sheeran, wax figure, Madame Tussauds New York, Madame Tussauds, wax and plaid - Madame Tussauds New York and Ed Sheeran debut the never before seen wax figure of Ed Sheeran at Madame Tussauds - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 28th May 2015
Ed Sheeran - A variety of stars from the music industry were snapped as they arrived to the 2015 Billboard Music Awards which saw Taylor Swift clean up, winning 8 awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015
Ed Sheeran - A variety of artists performed live on the first day of the second week of Rock In Rio USA which was held at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 15th May 2015
The British singer recently showed he has a sense of humour when it comes to criticisms about his looks.
Ed Sheeran definitely can laugh at himself! The 24-year-old British singer undoubtedly receives all kinds of fan mail on a daily basis, but he recently decided to publically share a specific letter from one of his South Korean devotees.
Sheeran was called a "little ugly" by a South Korean fan
Sheeran took to Instagram to upload a photograph of this certain letter, in which he was harshly insulted but only with good intentions, while showing that he has a great sense of humour when critics target his looks.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Shares Hilarious Fan Letter Calling Him A ''Little Ugly''
Taylor Swift shakes off more relationship rumours.
Despite recent reports that Taylor Swift had started dating British DJ Calvin Harris after becoming bosom buddies at the 2015 Brit Awards, the 'Shake It Off' singer is in fact single - and the pair are nothing more than platonic friends.
Taylor Swift isn't dating anyone
Ever since they were spotted getting 'cosy' at the awards show, media outlets went wild making huge assumptions that the pair were indeed embarking on a relationship. However, Swift has insisted in a recent interview that love isn't at the top of her to-do list and she certainly hasn't had a relationship in some time now. Plus, it seems Harris might indeed already be in a relationship; with model Aarika Wolf.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Is NOT Dating Calvin Harris. Here's Why.
The rapper's third album 'Dark Sky Paradise' features contributions from Kanye and John Legend, and has made Big Sean a chart topper for the first time.
Rapper Big Sean has claimed his first Billboard chart topper with his new album Dark Sky Paradise. His third album beat Kid Rock’s latest offering First Kiss to the top spot by 27,000 units in the week ending March 1st, according to figures by Nielsen SoundScan.
Dark Sky Paradise moved 173,000 units in its first week on sale, a combination of traditional physical sales and track and streaming equivalents. Both of his previous albums, 2011’s Finally Famous and 2013’s Hall of Fame, both entered at Number 3.
Rapper Big Sean has the U.S. Number 1 selling album this week
Continue reading: Big Sean Scores First Number 1 With Album 'Dark Sky Paradise'
Sam Smith makes UK chart history with 'In The Lonely Hour' streams.
Man of the moment Sam Smith makes UK chart history by topping the first Album Chart to also include streams. The star, with his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour', has already had more roaring success this year at both the Brit Awards and the Grammys.
Sam Smith gets 2015 to a very good start
Since the UK's Official Charts Company announced that they would now be including streams, the nation waited with baited breath to discover who would be the first to top the Album Chart in its new arrangement. And we remain unsurprised. Sam Smith has been awarded that victory as both sales and streams from services such as Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music, Rdio and Rara were totted up yesterday.
Having previously slated him, the outspoken former Oasis star has seemingly changed his mind about Ed Sheeran.
Noel Gallagher seems to have reversed his stance on Ed Sheeran, having previously described the ‘Sing’ star headlining Wembley as symptomatic of a world he couldn’t bear to live in. In a new interview with Shortlist, however, he was asked about his issues with Sheeran and replied “I won’t hear a word against him.”
So why the reversal? Normally when the former Oasis songwriter has a beef with someone, it rumbles on for years. Just ask Damon Albarn. But it appears that Gallagher’s change of heart is down to Sheeran following up on a promise to perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust show in the future.
Noel Gallagher has changed his mind about Ed Sheeran
Powered by current single 'I Bet My Life', the eclectic group secures its first ever U.S. Number One album with 'Smoke + Mirrors'.
Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons have landed straight in at the top spot on the Billboard 200 with their second album Smoke + Mirrors. The group, responsible for the enormous 2012 hit ‘Radioactive’, sold 195,000 units of their sophomore effort in the first week, compiled from physical, track and streaming equivalent sales according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The record is also currenly top of the charts in Britain, and is only new entry inside the Top Ten this week. Despite the impressive figures, Smoke + Mirrors has got a way to go before it tops the sales for their first album Night Visions, which to date has sold 2.5 million copies and has only left the Billboard 100 for two of its 129 weeks on sale. ‘Radioactive’, by itself, has sold in excess of nine million copies in the U.S. But that album only made as high as Number 2 during its run.
Imagine Dragons secure their first US Number 1 album with 'Smoke + Mirrors'
Continue reading: Imagine Dragons Enter Billboard Chart At The Top
The British duo have done well both in Britain and the States throughout 2014, and their huge sales were recognised on Wednesday's glitzy awards ceremony.
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the big winners at the Brit Awards. The annual music industry spectacular rewarded the two biggest-selling artists of last year by bestowing two trophies on each on Wednesday night (February 25th).
Sheeran won the two biggest prizes for which he was nominated – those of British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album for his sophomore record X. He beat four other UK Number 1 albums to do so – rival Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, indie stars Alt-J’s This Is All Yours and George Ezra’s slow-burning debut Wanted On Voyage.
Ed Sheeran arriving for Wednesday night's Brit Awards, where he won twice
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith Win At Brit Awards
Historically it was the rowdiest night of the musical calendar, but can this year’s ceremony remind us why we once loved the Brit Awards?
Tonight Britain’s finest musical stars (plus a few from across the pond) will gather in London’s O2 for the annual Brit Awards ceremony. With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Madonna all set to perform, this year’s awards looks to be one of the most star studded in recent years and perhaps even the most memorable.
Can Ed Sheeran expect a big night at the Brits?
The big talking point of the night will probably be the return of the queen of pop Madonna, who will take to the Brits stage to perform ‘Living for Love’ after a 20 year absence from the awards. Always looking for a new way to shock an audience, a source close to the singer told The Mirror last month there was “no better place for a controversy-filled Madonna performance than the Brits.”
Continue reading: So What Can We Expect From Tonight's Brit Awards?
It was a disappointing Grammy night for the lovable Sheeran, but the Brit singer has plenty more to look forward to.
Ed Sheeran may have walked away from the Grammy’s empty handed, but the British singer probably managed to win over some new fans on the night, thanks to his breathtaking performance of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ alongside John Mayer. But as luck would have it, those in the US who are now dreaming about seeing the flame haired singer live wont have long to wait, as Ed has just announced a 32 date summer tour!
Ed Sheeran is headed across the pond.
Kicking off on May 6th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX, the tour will see Sheeran hit a number of major cities across the US, as well as making nine stops across the boarder in Canada.
The American rock group hit the top of the US charts with their sixth album 'American Beauty / American Psycho'.
Rockers Fall Out Boy have scored their third US Number 1 album, the latest Billboard 200 chart reveals. The group’s sixth studio album American Beauty / American Psycho shifted 218,000 units across all formats during the week ending January 25th, according to figures given by Nielsen SoundScan.
The new record knocked Meghan Trainor’s debut Title, which sold 86,000, down to Number 3, and fended off non-mover Taylor Swift at Number 2 with 119,000 units. It marks the first time since 2010 that a January sales month, typically a quiet time for major releases, has seen two albums debut at the top with sales of over 150,000.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who top the US Billboard charts this week
Continue reading: Fall Out Boy Score Third U.S. Number 1 Abum
The singer was supported by Ryan Keen at the Assago Forum show.
Language barriers weren't a problem for Ed Sheeran and his Italian fans as he hit the Assago Forum in Milan on Tuesday (January 27th 2015) as part of the European leg on his 'x Tour' to an adoring crowd that loved every minute of his epic setlist.
Ed Sheeran hit Milan during his X Tour
The red-haired popstar performed tracks from both his acclaimed debut album '+' as well as his latest album 'X' which went multi-Platinum upon its release in June last year topping charts in both the UK and US and impressing critics with various gems such as 'Sing' and 'Thinking Out Loud'.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Hits Milan On The European Leg Of His 'X' Tour [Photos]
Sheeran is the first guest of the new series of 'Top Gear', and apparently ran the car off the track on a number of occasions.
He may have achieved total mastery of the pop world, but Ed Sheeran demonstrated this week that his skills on the road leave quite a lot to be desired. According to BBC's Newsbeat, the star crashed ‘Top Gear’’s ‘Reasonably Priced Car’ during filming of a regular segment of the popular show, whose new episode is due to be broadcast this weekend.
The singer, whose second album X was the biggest-seller of 2014 in the UK, does not hold a driving license and had apparently never driven a car before, so it’s hardly surprising that the red Vauxhall Astra left the track and entered the grass on a number of occasions.
Ed Sheeran reportedly crashed the 'Top Gear' 'Reasonably Priced Car' this week
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Crashes The 'Top Gear' Car Ahead Of Guest Appearance
This year's Brit Award nominations features a few surprises...
The 2015 Brit Award nominations have finally been announced with, it seems, a few surprises alongside the obvious candidates. There's no prizes for guessing who's come out on top for this year's list of award-winning possibles.
Sam Smith leads nominations
Awards season rears its ominous head for another year, with some major ceremonies - in both film and music - having already taken place. We've seen prizes sent out for 2014's films; I.e. Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, AFI Honours; and now it's time for music, with the BBC Sound of 2015 having already taken place and now The Brits and the Grammys have unveiled their candidates.
The first round of artists have been announced for the awards ceremony which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The live line-up for this year’s Grammy Awards is beginning to take shape as Madonna, Ariana Grande, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church have all been announced as performing at the event on February 8th. The announcement was first made this morning (January 13th) by the award show’s official twitter account.
Coming back for more? Madonna at last year's Grammys
The Queen of Pop had been teasing a possible performance at this year’s awards, posting a pic on Instagram of an award mixed with her Rebel Heart artwork, along with the caption, "Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs".
Hurricane Swift lasts into the new year, decimating all opposition and spending an eighth non-consecutive week atop the US charts.
Having recently been confirmed as the highest seller of 2014, Taylor Swift has begun the new year as she ended the last, with 1989 holding on to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 for another week.
The 24 year old’s fifth album sold 172,000 physical copies in the sales week ending on January 4th, brought up to a total of 244,000 by individual song downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Taylor Swift's 1989 spends an eighth week on top of the US Billboard 200
Continue reading: Taylor Swift At Number 1 For Eighth Week
Both the album and single charts are looking excessively loved up in the first week of the year.
This week in the UK Singles Chart, Mark Ronson held onto the top spot with his single Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars. The catchy tune maintains its position for the third non-consecutive week, having set a streaming record with 2.5 million plays in its third week on top. The song’s combined sales reached a total of over 156,000, presumably enough to take Mr. Ronson’s future children through university.
Mark Ronson is in his third week of UK Chart domination, alongside funk champion Bruno Mars.
In second place this week, there’s a finally a newcomer – Phillip George, a 21-year-old DJ entered the chart with his debut single, Wish You Were mine. The loved up theme holds strong throughout the chart with Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud taking the third spot this week. So does that mean that people are extending their winter cuddle time past the holidays and into January? That’s the only logical explanation for all these ballads.
Continue reading: Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' Ft. Bruno Mars Maintains Chart Topspot
Ed Sheeran tops a list filled exclusively with home-grown talent in what has been a superb year for British pop.
It’s been a very good year for British music! For the first time ever, the top ten best-selling albums of 2014 in the UK consists exclusively of home-grown artists.
According to figures compiled by the BPI, the British music industry’s trade body, British artists have enjoyed huge dominance in the charts over the last twelve months. The top spot was taken by a clear distance by Ed Sheeran with his second album X, which is currently sitting at the Number 1 spot in the weekly charts for the twelfth non-consecutive week.
Ed Sheeran was the biggest-selling album artist of 2014, with 1.7 million copies of X sold
Continue reading: British Artists Dominate UK's Top 10 Albums Of 2014
The charismatic singer was typically self-effacing when it was suggested to him that he should record the 24th Bond theme.
He’s been massively successful in 2014 but he’s not letting success prevent him from being down to earth. Ed Sheeran has dismissed the suggestion that he should record the next James Bond theme song, joking that he’d only do it when his “balls drop”.
Ed Sheeran, pictured receiving his BBC Music Award, doesn't think he's right for a Bond theme song
Sheeran was speaking at the BBC Music Awards, during which he edged out Sam Smith, Royal Blood and David Bowie to win the award for British Artist of the Year. He said "I'd love to do a James Bond song, but can you imagine it? I just wasn't born with the James Bond voice," he said. "You never know - I'm not ruling it out. Maybe in ten years time, when my balls drop...".
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Doesn't Think He'd Be Suited To Bond Theme Song
Chart stars hit the green carpet at the 2014 Free Radio Live concert held at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Among them were Ed Sheeran, Becky Hill, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre and Nicole Scherzinger - the latter of whom looked super cool in loose black sparkly pants.
The music streaming service released its 'Year In Music' feature which breaks down your personal tastes and tells you what the world was listening to.
Hello, musical magpies: ever wanted to know which artist or genre is your favourite? Well, Spotify’s 2014 ‘Year In Music’ feature can categorically prove that to you.
The music streaming service has been running its end-of-year feature for a while now, but the 2014 edition is its most thorough incarnation yet. It displays the top genres you listened to over the course of the year, suggesting some top playlists for each of those, as well as your top five artists, albums and playlists.
For added geekiness, the service will also break down your listening habits by geographical origin, how much time you spent using Spotify overall and on what device, and even on which days of the week.
Not one but two Fantasy Bras were displayed at this year's London show.
The 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show finally hit London on Tuesday (December 2nd) at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre for it's UK debut which saw twice as much bedazzlement as last year and just as much exciting live music.
The Victoria's Secret girls arrive in London for the 2014 fashion show
Last year, only 40 models stole the runway when it took place at New York's Lexington Armory, but this week a further seven models joined the show for the biggest Victoria's Secret event yet. Not only that but the 19th Annual Fashion Show features a whopping 79 different looks, with this year's six categories including Angel Ball, Dream Girl, Exotic Traveler, Fairy Tale, Gilded Angels and University of Pink.
Pink Floyd's last ever album went straight to Number 1.
And they’re back! By them, I obviously mean Pink Floyd and by back, I mean their new album , The Endless River, has topped the UK chart, making this the first Pink Floyd album in ten years to reach the milestone.
They did indeed beat One Direction!
They did give one hell of a teaser though, announcing that The Endless River would be their last ever album. How could fans resist buying it, after that kind of threat? On its release, The Endless River became the third fastest-selling by a single group or artist this year after shifting more than 139,000 copies during the last week.
Continue reading: Good Way To Go - Pink Floyd's "Endless River" Tops UK Chart
Adele has been criticised by a British tabloid after Bob Geldof allegedly told their reporter she "ignored" his requests to participate in Band Aid 30.
Adele is not taking part in Band Aid 30.
Some of the biggest stars in music gathered in London today to record a new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.
The Band Aid 30 recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ took place in London today, with stars such as One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Adele and Chris Martin all lining up to take the mic for a new version of the charity Christmas classic. The single will be available for download from Monday, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola in West Africa.
Harry turned up bright and early ahead of his One Direction bandmates
Fans waited outside the recording studio in Notting Hill all morning to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists, with One Direction’s Harry Styles among the first to arrive.
Brace yourselves, the EMAs are coming.
Calvin Harris fans, brace yourselves – the DJ/producer extraordinaire will not perform at the MTV European Music Awards tonight, because of his recent health scare. Thankfully, a lot of other people will definitely make an appearance, from Alicia Keys to One Direction and a whole host of boy and girl bands besides, including 5SOS and Fifth Harmony. Basically, the playlist of every 13-year-old girl in 2014.
Fifth Harmony, anyone?
But wait, there’s more! Nicki Minaj won’t just be hosting, she will also perform. Given how much Miss Minaj loves a bit of scandal, we can’t wait to see what she pulls off without the FCC breathing down her neck.
Continue reading: The EMAs Are Coming! And Nicki Minaj Has (Almost) Free Reign!
The British pop star's label will benefit from the distribution and financial clout of parent company Warner.
Ed Sheeran has announced that he’s setting up his own record label. The 23 year old megastar has made a deal with Warner to set up his own label as a subsidiary within their structure in order for him to help up-and-coming artists to reach greater levels of exposure.
Ed Sheeran, performing here in Amsterdam, has launched his own record label
“The door has now been opened, I’ve set up the label and I’m going to start signing people,” Sheeran told The Sun newspaper. “It’ll be an imprint that goes through Warner. But I’ll get the rights back in about ten years.”
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Launches His Own Record Label
Wayne Rooney is known to be a big fan of Ed Sheeran and he duetted with the singer-songwriter in Manchester this week.
Wayne Rooney entertained revellers at a Manchester pub this week, singing a rendition of Ed Sheeran's Lego House with the man himself. Rooney was attending Sheeran's after-party at the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub near Deansgate, following a 15,000 sell-out gig in the city.
Rooney, who was joined by Robin Van Persie at the pub, was urged on by Sheeran fans as he sat on the stage.
Continue reading: Wayne Rooney Sings 'Lego House' With Ed Sheeran In Manchester Pub
The 23 year-old musician set the record straight that he has never been homeless, but he just "went without a bed some nights."
Many fans of Ed Sheeran were shocked to learn that the young British musician was apparently homeless for some time before becoming a music success, well they will be relieved to know that this isn't true.
Sheeran has never been homeless
The confusion began when MTV News published an excerpt from his upcoming book, 'Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey,' which revealed that Sheeran once slept on the streets outside Buckingham Palace and he "didn't have a place to stay" from 2008 to 2010.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Confirms He Was Never Actually "Homeless"
'X' has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK so far, with Sam Smith and Coldplay sitting not far behind.
Ed Sheeran has the biggest selling album of the year so far. A list of the most successful albums of 2014 has been compiled and released by the Official Charts Company, which is topped by the distinctive singer-songwriter’s second album X.
Ed Sheeran has the biggest selling album of 2014 so far with X
It’s little surprise that it should be top of the pile, having spent a staggering nine weeks at the top of the UK albums chart from May to July and racking up 634,000 sales in all. It contains the chart-topping single ‘Sing’, and is also the fastest seller of the year, racking up 182,000 sales in its first week.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Scores Biggest Selling Album Of 2014 So Far
The wildly successful singer-songwriter has already laid down new tracks with Swift, but doesn't know when or if they'll be released.
More Ed Sheeran news in what’s been a mind-bogglingly successful 2014! The distinctive singer-songwriter made a number of revelations during a Q&A session at the recent Amazon Front Row event. Where to begin?
Ed Sheeran made some interesting revelations at the recent Amazon Front Row show
Firstly, he revealed that he’s recorded a handful of new songs with his friend and erstwhile collaborator Taylor Swift. The two featured together on last year’s hit ‘Everything Has Changed’, and Sheeran stated “it’s just a case of finding out where to put them as I don't really put collaborations on my albums. She did her last record, 1989, really quickly, in about a month, I think, so there was no time to put any on there.”
Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are running the country, basically.
The British music industry contributed £3.8 billion to the UK economy in 2013, according to an annual trade report. The increase can be traced to individual revenues by musicians, singers, composers, songwriters and lyricists, which rose to £1.7 billion. Live music sales rose almost 20 per cent to £789 million, according to the Measuring Music report.
Ed Sheeran found himself at No.1 in the States
There was also an increase in publishing and studio revenues and a 57 per cent increase in UK music exports, which accounts for £2.2 billion. Recently Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith became the first British artists to occupy the top two spots in the American album charts since Eric Clapton and Sting had Unplugged and Ten Summoner's Tales in the chart over two decades ago. .
'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' by Damien Rice hits the UK in November 2014, co-produced by Rick Rubin.
Eight years after the release of his acclaimed number one second album '9', Damien Rice is returning with a new record entitled 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' - and from what we've heard, the result looks like an exciting prospect.
Damien Rice finally returns with album three
The Irish singer-songwriter crooned his way into the hearts of thousands with his easy listening first albums - 2002's 'O' and 2006's '9' - and tracks such as 'Cannonball' and '9 Crimes', and now he's preparing to come back in style as he teams up with pioneering record producer Rick Rubin (who lent his artistic hand to the likes of Jake Bugg's 'Shangri La', Lady Gaga's 'Artpop' and Ed Sheeran's 'X' in recent times) for his significantly longer titled third release. The album's title track was debuted by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and will be available for free with every pre-order, with the first single 'I Don't Want To Change You' due to follow shortly.
Nicki Minaj was certainly unlucky with her wardrobe at the MTV VMAs on Sunday (24th August) but the majority of the other guests managed to keep their clothes on! See the pictures from both the red carpet and press room at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held at The Forum in California last night (Sunday 24th August). The great and the good from music industry turned out en masse to receive awards and celebrate their achievements over the past year.
Nicki Minaj's dress caused some problems during her performance.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Awards 2014 - Check Out The Red Carpet Pics! [Pictures]
Stars finds its way to the top of the UK Album Chart
Matt Pagan’s journey to the top hasn’t been your typical one; the former kitchen salesman from Carlisle now fronts the Britain’s Got Talent-winning band Collabro, and their debut album, Stars, just beat Ed Sheeran to the top of the charts.
The Collabro boys
Stars knocked Ed Sheeran off the number one spot in the album charts, which he had held with album X for eight weeks, and that, according to Pagan, is unbelievable stuff.
Continue reading: Matt Pagan Describes Collabro's Number One Spot As "Unbelievable"
The British singer is close friends with the future newlyweds, and he was apparently responsible for introducing them.
Cox and McDaid are set to tie the knot later this year in Ireland
The former 'Friends' actress and her future husband, who became engaged this past June, are very close friends with the British singer, and they have allegedly askEd Sheeran to be an Usher on their big day.
The British singer/songwriter's second studio album has enjoyed six consecutive weeks at the top of the U.K. album charts.
Ed Sheeran's reign over the UK charts continues as his second studio album 'X' secures the top spot for the sixth straight week, and has now become the longest-running consecutive No.1 album for a solo British male since James Blunt's 8-week run with 'Back To Bedlum back in 2005.
Sheeran's 'X' has been No.1 on the UK album charts for six straight weeks
Upon hearing the news the English singer/songwriter took to Twitter to express his surprise at the record's success. "'X' is #1 for the 6th week in a row in the UK. bloody mental," he wrote.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran's 'X' Remains No.1 For Sixth Straight Week
Hilary Duff's got a brand new single called 'Chasing The Sun.'
Lizzie McGuire is back! Well, not really, but Hilary Duff as a musician is back. And that's even better. The 26 year old actress/singer has kept it low key on the music front for quite a long time. Her last album, Dignity, was released all the way back in 2007, and it feels like a million years ago that her music videos were huge on TRL. Luckily, some good news: her comeback single, ‘Chasing the Sun,’ is expected to arrive very soon.
Hilary Duff's new single, 'Chasing the Sun,' will debut soon
Duff's been working on her new tunes for years, saying that she hopes to get back into music before movies again. "I would love to do mainstream movies again. Before that, I will be spending a lot of time in the studio making a new record. I really miss being on tour, recording, and creating new music," she said in 2012. However, despite all the studio time and work with producer/songwriters Matt Squire and Boys Like Girls singer Martin Johnson, not even a clip has been revealed thus far.
Continue reading: What We Know About Hilary Duff's Comeback Single, 'Chasing The Sun'
The BBC has faced major criticism
The BBC has defended its seemingly inexplicable decision to name Ed Sheeran as the most influential artist within black and urban music. The tax funded Broadcasting Corporation was criticised for being severely out of touch with the 1Xtra audience, for which the list was compiled.
Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's 'Today' (Getty 2014/Jemal Countess)
Austin Daboh BBC Radio 1Xtra's music manager said: "Every single day of the week, every single hour of the day we support black artists and other races that make black music sounds. I think that anyone who wants to bring race into the discussion is probably a little bit misguided."
Black artists are rallying against the idea that white, pop-driven entertainers have had the biggest influence over the hip hop, R&B and urban scene.
The BBC’s 1Xtra chart for black and urban music, the 1XtraPower List, turns out to be remarkably, embarrassingly white. The list of the “most influential artists” has been referred to as “the saddest list in history” after Ed Sheeran took the top spot, followed by Disclosure in second. The first Black artist to make the bizarre list was Tinie Tempah, followed by white, middle class singer Sam Smith (who grew up I a small town in East Herthfordshire) in fourth place. The list, which was allegedly compiled by “industry experts” continues in the same vein, with Katie B and Jessie J also making an appearance, the former in the Top 10.
Ed Sheeran topped the bizarre list.
The BBC told The Independent the list was chosen on the artists' 'quality of music' and 'impact across the wider industry', and was 'not about the colour of someone's skin'.
Ariana Grande is the UK charts' first streaming champion.
As of this week, Ariana Grande can chalk up another achievement – her single Problem isthe first UK Number One in the Official Singles Chart based on sales as well as streaming data.
Ariana Grande's Problem is the first UK Number 1 that got there through streaming.
This is the very first week when streaming data was counted, with the idea of providing a more accurate picture of the actual popularity of a single. The streaming data is taken from services like Spotify, Napster, Deezer, O2 Tracks, Music Unlimited (Sony’s service) and Xbox music and added to the count, with 100 plays being equal to one physical or digital purchase.
Continue reading: UK Charts Now Count Streaming, Ariana Grande Wins On Own Turf
What are music critics saying about Ed Sheeran's new album?
Ed Sheeran is not a singer who has to worry about what critics say. You wouldn't either, if your latest album had stormed the charts worldwide, selling zillions of copies and breaking umpteen records. Having taken the pop world by storm with only aIt seems amazing that x (pronounded "multiply" is only the 23 year-old second album, following on from his 2011 debut, +.
"This is, in every respect, a richer blend, more seamlessly combining the factors that made him so immediately accessible first time round," says The Telegraph's Neil McCormick, adding "these are genuinely great songs, where melodies flow, rhythms groove, choruses erupt and lyrics jab you with surprises."
Praising "Sheeran's willingness to tackle issues not normally dealt with in the realm of fizzy teen pop," The Guardian's Kitty Power. "Penning relationship crack for teenage girls is a much-derided art, despite being perfected by the Beatles, but Sheeran's is particularly calculated," the critic adds.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Storms Charts With ‘x’, But Is It Any Good?
The 23 year-old singer/songwriter earned the milestone by selling more than 182,000 copies in the last seven days.
Ed Sheeran's second studio album 'X' is flying off the shelves.
The 23 year-old singer/songwriter entered the U.K. charts on Sunday (June 29th) at No.1 after the newly released 12-tack set became the fastest-selling album of 2014.
In reaching this milestone, Sheeran overtook Coldplay's hugely successful six studio album 'Ghost Stories.'
Surprise, surprise, Pharrell Williams is behind another one of 2014's catchiest hits.
With his sophomore album, X, Ed Sheeran is taking a whole new musical direction and he couldn’t have found a better advisor than Pharrell Williams. In his new MTV documentary, Sheeran talks about the process of working on his first single off X, the dance anthem Sing.
Sheeran attributes the success of Sing in part to Pharrell Williams' sage advice.
Apparently the track wouldn’t have seen the light of day (not as a single anyway) until much later, had it not been for Pharrell’s advice.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Received Sage Advice From Fairy Godfather-like Pharrell
The MTV documentary only makes us like Sheeran more.
While Taylor Swift relaxes from her busy schedule by making Drake-themed crafts for Ed Sheeran, her BFF just launched a new MTV docuseries. Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran premiered last night on the music network and. It’s meant to give fans an inside look into the life of the redheaded songwriter – though how a documentary could reveal any more about Sheeran than his Instagram feed does, we’re not sure.
On his new album, Sheeran experiments with hip hop, a move he's very nervous about.
The singer-songwriter is stepping in front of MTV’s cameras to show and tell the story of his quick ascent to stardom, as well as promote his upcoming sophomore studio effort, x, out June 23.
Needlepoints, baking and jam jars: just another average celeb friendship!
Taylor Swift has expressed her friendship with Ed Sheeran once more by gifting her fellow singer-songwriter and BFF with a unique and charming hand-embroidered creation. The thoughtful needlepoint features cartoon-like representations of the pair with the accompanying Drake lyrics "Started from the bottom now we here."
The artwork is featured on in the new MTV documentary 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran and is shown framed and hung on the 'Lego House' singer's wall. Taylor caught wind of her work being ogled at ahead of the episode's airing and tweeted "But I thought everyone does this?"
To which her British friend replied "nah, just you."
Continue reading: Taylor Swifts Gifts Ed Sheeran With Drake Embroidery Of Friendship
Ed Sheeran is going Stateside for his first arena tour
Fresh off the back of sharing the stage with BFF Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran has just announced dates for his first ever North American arena tour. Kicking off on August 22nd, the initial tour announcement consists of 15 dates and starts at Seattle’s Wamu Theater. Included in the run is two nights at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Ed Sheeran is coming to North America
Thanks to a rub from his number one fan Taylor Swift, the British singer has seen his career stateside on the rise over the past 12 months. It seems Sheeran’s particular brand of acoustic musings are finding quite the fan base in the States and things only seem to be getting bigger and better for him. It also helps that Ed's latest single Sing featured production from man of the moment Pharrell Williams.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Announces First North American Arena Tour
Sheeran's new album will be released on the 23rd June and new song, 'Sing,' will debut on BBC Radio 1 on Monday.
Ed Sheeran has revealed that he will be debuting new music from his upcoming album on Monday (7th April) via Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1. "Monday, 7:30pm, Radio 1, Zane Lowe is premiering my 1st single from the new album. Tune in x" the singer-songwriter tweeted to a frenzy of excitement from his fans.
Ed Sheeran Has Announced That His New Album Will Be Called 'x' Or 'Multiply.'
Not only did he tease with the prospect of new music but Sheeran also named his next album and revealed its name. "My 2nd album is called 'x' or 'multiply' and will released on the 23rd of June worldwide. Can't wait for you guys to hear it," he tweeted this evening.
Due to the Twitter campaign #SingForTri, the 23 year-old was able to sing 'Little Bird' to a teenage fan moments before she passed away.
Ed Sheerman gave one teenage fan her final wish.
A 15 year-old girl, Triona Priestly, from Dublin, Ireland passed away after suffering from a long battle with cystic fibrosis on Tuesday (April 1st).
But she managed to hold on just long enough to hear her favorite musical artist, Ed Sheeran, sing 'Little Bird' to her over the phone.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Serenades Teenage Fan Moments Before Her Death
Sir Elton released his 30th solo studio album, 'The Diving Board,' this week, but has decided to finally slow down with his endless touring
Elton John has had a truly remarkable career, one that has lasted more than forty years, seen him break countless records and as he got older, one that has allowed him to settle down and begin a family. In a recent interview with British newspaper The Mirror, Sir Elton discussed his longstanding career, the passion that drives it and why he now feels that it is finally time to settle down and stop his endless touring.
Elton is finally ready to slow down
A noted workaholic, it has taken fatherhood and the recent life-threatening fight with appendicitis to convince the 66-year-old to slow down. The singer decided after his recent health scare that his endless touring was slowly killing him and that it was time to reassess his lifestyle and begin spending more time with his partner of 20 years, David Furnish, and their two sons, Zachary, 2, and Elijah, 9 months.
Are Styles and Swift still into each other despite the multiple VMA disses? What really went on at the awards afterparty?
Anyone who saw footage of country singer Taylor Swift and One Direction's Harry Styles at the MTV video awards would never say that the former lovers still had lusty feelings for one another. The pair dated for a few months last winter and rumor has it that Taylor used the emotional fall-out from their January break-up to pen 'I Knew You Were Trouble' from her latest album, Red.
Did Harry Notice Taylor Shooting Daggers At Him For The Whole Evening?
The very same song was nominated, and won, the Best Female Video award at Sunday night's VMAs and Taylor made sure that, unlike Kanye West's notorious "Imma let you finish" moment, she managed to complete her acceptance speech unimpeded. However, this time Taylor's award acceptance made headlines for another reason.
'Burn' claims biggest selling record for second week in a row, above Avicii, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Solo singer Ellie Goulding has snatched the week's top track yet again from the claws of rivals with lead single 'Burn' from her upcoming album, Halcyon Days. The track was Goulding's first ever number one hit after it was announced that it was the bestselling track a fortnight ago and now has dominated the UK charts for two straight weeks, selling over 200,000 copies.
Ellie Goulding Is Chart Queen For A Second Week.
The pop star tweeted to express her excitement at the news she was chart queen yet again: "Biggest smile on my face hearing that Burn is No1 for the second week running!...love you guys so much."
Continue reading: Burn! Ellie Goulding Incinerates UK Charts For Second Week
Nearly three years on, and we're still on this
Taylor Swift has mocked Kanye’s infamous interruption of her award speech at the 2009 VMAs in the most Taylor Swift way possible; the ountry singer gave Ed Sheeran – her newfound musical partner – a jar of homemade jam with a handwritten message on it.
Swift's cheeky jam, as posted by Sheeran on Instagram
"Yo Ed—I'm really happy 4 you and I'm gonna let u finish but this is the best JAM OF ALL TIME. —T" said the message, and we know this because Sheeran stopped giggling for a few seconds to post it on Instagram.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Jams On Kanye's MTV Interruption, Quite Literally
Justin Bieber posted an Instagram picture showing him cuddled up with his ex Selena Gomez. Although neither singer nor their representatives have commented, a source close to the former couple has said they are not together but are trying to be friends.
Justin Bieber posted an instagram picture with his ex-Selena Gomez. The former couple dated for nearly two years but split up in November last year. Rumours have been circulating which suggest they may be back together, although Bieber has been linked to a Las Vegas waitress and Gomez to Ed Sheeran.
Justin Bieber at the 2012 American Music Awards, L.A.
The picture was posted on July 5th, although it doesn't have any other caption except for 'Heartbreak' (Bieber's latest single) E! believe it was taken at a 4th July party the former couple both attended. Bieber later posted "great night" via Twitter. So far, the Instagram picture has attracted 224000 comments and over a million hearts.
Ed Sheeran, the hugely successful British singer/songwriter has revealed the struggle he had getting a record deal because of his image.
Music bosses, rightly so, should be kicking themselves these days after Ed Sheeran was turned away at their door, time and time again. In a story that confirms just how superficial the music biz really can be, Ed Sheeran, a self-confessed "short chubby ginger white kid with a guitar" describes his journey from an impoverished musician playing gigs for free in front of an empty room to worldwide superstar.
Ed Sheeran: The Singer/Songwriter Persevered & Is Now A Success.
In a video interview with SB.TV designed to encourage young peoples' self-belief, Sheeran speaks of his setbacks in the early days of his career when he struggled to draw fans or attract the attention of record companies. He cites his image as being a key factor that held him back: "The fact that you're chubby and ginger isn't a very good marketing tool...[my] look and songs maybe not being everyone's cup of tea." The Halifax-born singer/guitarist persevered and got his break when he was spotted by actor Jamie Foxx after Sheeran had flown out to L.A on a whim to play some open mic nights.
Winner of BBC's The Voice, Andrea Begley speaks out for better treatment of disabled fans at gigs and details her plans for a successful music career.
The partially sighted winner of 2013's singing talent show The Voice, Andrea Begley, has voiced her concerns over disabled fans' experience at gigs. "I have had some frustrating experiences at gigs and festivals," confessed Begley, who apparently celebrated her victory by going to a Laura Marling gig. "Sometimes access can be poor because of lots of steps and poor lighting. But often the problem can lie with a lack of knowledge on the part of staff. I think it is essential for venues to train all their staff in disability awareness so as they are able to deal sensitively with disabled customers."
Andrea Begley, Winner Of The Voice 2013.
Hailing from County Tyrone, the singer lost 90% of her vision after a degenerative childhood disease, yet plays guitar and piano and hopes to someday collaborate with the likes of Adele, Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran. The 27 year-old from Northern Ireland beat favourite Leah McFall to sign a £100,000 recording contract. McFall was being coached by The Voice judge and former Black Eyed Peas', Will.i.am, who seemed set on knocking the wind out of the ecstatic winner's sails with an odd, unsportsmanly tweet: "You should feel the audiences vibration in the room tonight after the public's vote... its unexplainable... so sad... perplexed." According to Yahoo!'s omg!, Begley was personally congratulated by the American singer and producer after the gig, saying she has "no hard feelings."
Taylor Swift is putting some of the bedrooms at her $11 million mansion to good use.
Well this is...a bit weird really. Taylor Swift's platonic relationship with British songwriter Ed Sheeran has moved on to the next step after the country star got the interior designers to redecorate her £11 million Rhode Island home after buying it in March. Taylor has promised Ed that she will decorate a boy's room so he will have someone to stay when he comes to visit.
A source said: "Taylor and Ed are really good pals and their friendship has grown even stronger since they started the tour," adding, "They were on the road together when the deal went through on her house and she's been sharing all of her ideas for decorating with him. She's promised that there will be a special bedroom allocated to him whenever he wants to come and stay."
Ed's done pretty well from his friendship with Swift - one of the world's biggest stars. He's landed some pretty healthy publicity from being the support act on her North American tour and bagged himself a brand new legion of fans.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Decorates Boy's Room For Ed Sheeran At Rhode Island Mansion
Ed Sheeran isn't working on One Direction's new album, but don't worry because they've finished writing it now anyway.
Ed Sheeran has decided against continuing his song-writing collaboration with boyband One Direction, with the singer/songwriter deciding to keep his songs to himself for the time being. The singer is currently working on his second album and wants to remain focused on his own material, he told MTV.
1D wanted to get back together with Sheeran after the 'A Team' singer co-penned two songs for their second album, last years Take Me Home. Sheeran wrote the tracks 'Little Things' and Over You' with Fiona Bevan and Robert Conlon respectively. Following the success of the single 'Little Things,' which reached Number One in the UK Charts, the boys were keen to hook up with Sheeran once more, but as he explained to MTV his mind is solely on his own work right now.
Ed Sheeran is sticking to himself for now.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Gives One Direction The Cold Shoulder Over Song-Writing Gig
Ed Sheeran has denied going against his word to perform at Noel Gallagher's Teenage Cancer Trust shows.
Ed Sheeran has denied making false promises to Noel Gallagher about performing at this year's Teenage Cancer Trust show. The former Oasis songwriter accused both Sheeran and Mumford and Sons of pulling out of a verbal commitment to the play the show, which he curated.
Speaking to The Sun last week, Gallagher fumed, "I'd talk to Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons.. and I got let down a lot. Everybody says yes to your face. And then the agent will call and say, 'Ah, they're going to be in Australia at the time.' Really? Well, they never said that to me." However, the A-Team singer denies making false promises and claimed he would have played the concert had he not been in down-under. "I actually told him I would do the gig whenever he wanted, but the week they were planned I was in Australia," he explained on Twitter, "...with gigs already booked and sold out. Had it been any other time of course I would have made it happen but I found this out after I'd said yes. I think it would be worse saying no instantly without knowing to be honest."
Sheeran would have been a headline act for the show, which last night saw Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth perform. On Saturday, Noel teamed up with former rivals Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn for a special performance.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Denies Lying To Noel Gallagher About Teenage Cancer Trust
Sheeran suffers on first night of Taylor Swift tour
Tumblin’ Ed Sheeran they call him. Well, they don’t, but they should after this calamitous footage of ginger-haired man-child taking a fall on his first night supporting Taylor Swift on tour. Maybe he was daydreaming about those rumors about him and her dating being true.
The Daily Mail reports that Sheeran was supporting Swift in front of a crowd in Nebraska, the first night supporting her current Red US Tour, and he got off to a less than steady start, when he attempted to jump from one pedestal to another, going head over heels and falling, comic-like, with his legs pointed in the air. That’ll teach him to put himself on one. However, fair play to Sheeran, he got straight back up and continued to perform to the no-doubt amused American crowd.
Continue reading: Falling For Taylor Swift? 'Stud' Ed Sheeran Takes Tumble On Stage
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