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Ed Sheeren has been cast in the role of Sir Cormac, the deadly sidekick of a church elder, in the upcoming historical fiction drama series, ‘The Bastard Executioner’.
Ed Sheeran has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming FX drama, The Bastard Executioner. Kurt Sutter, the creator of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, has created the upcoming series which is set in 14th century Britain.
Ed Sheeran at the unveiling of his waxwork in Madame Tussauds, New York, in May 2015.
Ed Sheeran has been playing Cupid again, this time helping Kodaline bassist Jason Boland propose to his girlfriend.
Ed Sheeran had already told fans to expect something special at his concert at Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday (25 July), and he wasn't kidding, as the evening included a surprise marriage proposal.
Ed's a good egg
After calling the Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Kodaline on stage to perform Irish classics including 'The Auld Triangle', he handed the spotlight to Kodaline bassist Jason Boland, saying, "Jay from Kodaline would love to say a few words."
Continue reading: Kodaline's Jay Gets Engaged At Ed Sheeran Gig
Artists such as Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson have helped boost UK streaming figures.
The streaming revolution has gained some serious steam in Britain, as for the first time ever more than 500 million songs were streamed online in a single week. It’s the first time the number of weekly streams has hit the half a billion mark and it’s is nearly double the number of songs streamed just a year ago.
Ed Sheeran is 2015’s most streamed artist so far.
The 505 million streams happened in the chart week ending July 16th and takes into account services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google. 2015 is said to have seen 11.5 billion streams to date, with more than 25 billion streams being predicted by the end of the year. According to The Guardian, when YouTube is included, the total is expected to top 50 billion.
Continue reading: UK Music Hits Landmark Of 500 Million Streams In A Single Week
The singer has received the most nods at this year's awards to be hosted by Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift has topped the MTV VMA award nominations with a staggering total of nine nods. It’s a far cry from 2009 when self-proclaimed "genius" Kanye West interrupted the country singer’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video and claimed it should have gone to his friend, Beyoncé. Looking back, that doesn't look like an entirely ‘genius’ move from Mr West.
Everyone's favourite pop star has topped the nomination list at this year's VMAs
Taylor, whose popularity just continues to grow and grow, has topped the list of the most nominations for this year’s Video Music Awards, which were announced on Apple Music’s Beats 1 platform.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Reigns Supreme With Nine MTV VMA Nominations
The singer believes that being able to change his parents' lives makes it all worth it.
He may be one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, but it's not the money, or the awards, or even the screaming fans that make the climb to the top worth all the hard work. Rather, Ed Sheeran says the biggest reward of fame is his ability to change his parents' lives for the better.
Ed Sheeran, family man
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer told The Mirror that the highlight of his career so far is "being able to really pay my parents – not just financially – but being able to give them the things they wouldn't have ever dreamed of...
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Says Treating His Parents Is Best Thing About Fame
The rap star's second album 'Dreams Worth More Than Money' sold nearly a quarter of a million copies to storm to Number One, selling more than the rest of the Top Five combined.
Rapper Meek Mill has scored his first American Number One album, with his second effort Dreams Worth More Than Money entering at the top of the Billboard 200 in its first week with sales of nearly a quarter of a million over all platforms.
The Philadelphia-born star, real name Robert Rahmeek Williams, sold 246,000 copies of his sophomore effort in the week ending July 5th including 215,000 traditional album sales (i.e. excluding stream and track equivalents). His first album, 2012’s Dreams and Nightmares, peaked at Number 2 as a new entry, and three years later he’s gone one better.
Rapper Meek Mill is celebrating his first Number 1 album with 'Dreams Worth More Than Money'
Continue reading: Rapper Meek Mill Celebrates First Billboard Chart Topping Album
The track which features Bruno Mars has racked up over 45 million streams so far this year.
Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars, has been named the most streamed track of 2015 so far, in a list compiled by OfficialCharts.com. The track has already notched up just over 45 million streams since January, giving it a total of 51.3 million since its release last December.
Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ is the year’s most streamed song so far.
The year’s second most streamed track is reggae-pop hit ‘Cheerleader’ from OMI, which has been streamed over 40 million times. The track was released back in April and hit the number one spot during its third week of release.
Continue reading: Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' Tops List Of 2015's Most Streamed Songs
The ‘Shake it Off’ singer and her famous pals celebrated Independence Day in style, along with her new beau Calvin Harris.
If you spent your fourth of July weekend eating burnt hotdogs and watching underwhelming fireworks in the backyard then be prepared to feel very jealous of Taylor Swift. The singer pulled out all the stops this weekend to give her pals a fourth to remember, hosting a lavish bash at her Rhode Island home.
Continue reading: Of Course Taylor Swift Had The Best Fourth Of July Weekend Ever
The veteran singer-songwriter had been waiting nearly 50 years for a US Number One album.
Throughout his lengthy and prestigious career, singer-songwriter James Taylor has achieved many great things, but a US Number One album has always eluded him: until today! Taylor’s 47 year wait for a Billboard chart topping LP came to an end this week as it was announced that his new effort Before This World had outsold all rivals.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor’s 17th studio album sold 97,000 copies in its first week of release to debut atop the Billboard 200, with 96,000 of those coming through actual album sales (as opposed to streaming or track equivalents). His very first album, a self-titled effort, was released in December 1968 but only achieved a chart peak of Number 62 in the US.
James Taylor scored his first ever US No.1 album
Continue reading: At Last! James Taylor Has His First Ever Billboard Number 1 Album
The 'Thinking Out Loud' star is reportedly to be the subject of a special concert movie, filmed at his upcoming Wembley Stadium gigs.
Ed Sheeran looks set to join the increasing ranks of pop stars with their own concert movies, just like One Direction, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, with reports that his upcoming Wembley mega-gigs are to be transformed into a cinematic experience.
Reports emerged in The Sun on Wednesday (June 24th), quoting Ed as saying “We are doing something for the Wembley Stadium gigs. It will be a documentary. It's going to go out in cinemas in the UK and Europe. But it's just going to be a one-off thing.”
Will Ed Sheeran be getting his very own concert movie?
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran In Line For Concert Movie?
Sydney Bourbeau got an incredible surprise while singing at the West Edmonton Mall over the weekend.
Ed Sheeran gave one fan the "most incredible experience of her life" over the weekend, when he joined her onstage for a duet of his hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Sydney Bourbeau had been performing the song at the West Edmonton Mall as part of a fundraising concert for the Edmonton Humane Society, when she was joined onstage by the man himself who happened to be in the vicinity.
Ed Sheeran surprised a fan singing at an Edmonton Mall over the weekend.
"I had just finished taking my microphone out of the stand, so I thought someone was just coming up to grab the stand or fix something", Bourbeau told E! News.
Continue reading: Watch Ed Sheeran Surprise 13 Year Old Fan With 'Thinking Out Loud Duet'
'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' is Number 1 in the UK and the States at the same time, only the ninth album this decade to do so.
Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at Number One, her first record to reach the summit in the States.
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful sold 137,000 copies in its first week on sale to debut at the top spot in the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, Florence is one of the few artists who have managed to top the American and British albums charts at the same time – the ninth act to do so in the 2010s and the first since Ed Sheeran’s X last year.
Florence Welch is celebrating being Number 1 in the US and the UK at the same time
Continue reading: Florence + The Machine Scores First U.S. Number 1 Album
UK albums and singles generated approximately $2.75 billion in world sales last year.
One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.
One Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.
One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.
Ellie Goulding may have been on a ‘few dates’ with One Direction’s Niall Horan but she was never romantically involved with Ed Sheeran.
Ellie Goulding has confirmed and denied a few relationship rumours we’ve been curious to know are true or false for some time. The 28-year-old singer is currently in a relationship with McFly band member Dougie Poynter and she couldn’t be happier. However, she wanted to set the record straight when it came to her ‘relationship’ with a certain pop star.
Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter have been dating since early this year.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Denies Ever Being In A Relationship With Ed Sheeran
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are celebrating their fourth album reaching the top spot, following the slow-burning success of its predecessor 'Vessel'.
Indie pop duo Twenty One Pilots are celebrating their first ever US Number 1 album, after the group’s second major label record Blurryface entered at the top of the Billboard 200. It sold 146,000 copies in the week ending May 24th, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Of that figure, a solid 134,000 were direct album sales, a healthy indication of the recent resurgence in physical music purchasing. Blurryface is Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s fourth album in total, following their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel back in 2013.
Twenty One Pilots score their first ever US Number 1 album
Continue reading: Twenty One Pilots Score First US Number 1 Album With 'Blurryface'
The singer gave up piano at a young age, in favour of guitar.
Ed Sheeran reminisced about his early introductions to music as he hit the red carpet, feeling rather hungover, in Las Vegas ahead of his performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards where he was also nominated for accolades in five categories.
Ed Sheeran was nominated at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
The British popstar certainly didn't waste his time in Sin City, making sure to party his way through his trip - leaving him a little worse for wear as he arrived before his show at the musical celebrations. He performed 'Bloodstream' (originally featuring Rudimental), but it's newest single 'Photograph' that everyone's interested in hearing about, especially since the release of the accompanying video which features various footage of Sheeran as a child.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Admits He Wishes He Still Played Piano
Their third album 'Wilder Mind' stormed to the top of the charts with nearly a quarter of a million sales in its first week.
As was widely expected, folk-turned-rock group Mumford & Sons have raced to the top of the American Billboard charts, selling nearly 150% more than its nearest rival in the process. Wilder Mind, their third album, sold 249,000 copies in its first week to claim the Number 1 spot, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The figure isn’t anywhere near as large as the first week sales for their last record Babel, which shifted a whopping 600,000 units back in 2012, and remains the biggest sales week for a guitar album this decade.
Mumford & Sons top the Billboard Albums chart once more
Continue reading: Mumford & Sons Score Second U.S. Chart Topping Album
Having recently signed to Ed Sheeran's 'Gingerbread' records, Jamie Lawson took some time to talk to us about his relationship to Sheeran, how they met, and how their styles work together.
Having been part of the music industry for a huge number of years, Jamie Lawson is hard at work on recording his third album. It's set to be released through Ed Sheeran's 'Gingerbread' record label, and Lawson recently sat down with Contact Music to talk about how he first met Sheeran before he was as famous as he is now.
Jamie Lawson is the first person signed to Ed Sheeran's label
According to Lawson, the two met several years ago, but he was asked to support Sheeran during his secret Dublin tour last year. He explained "from that, he took me on part of the UK tour and part of the Europe tour, and I think over that time he'd been thinking about making a record label for a while". From there, Lawson continued to say that signing to the label was a "no-brainer".
Continue reading: Jamie Lawson: Signing With Ed Sheeran Was A "No Brainer"
This is a reference to Noel Gallagher's criticism that modern pop stars and bands seem to be very focussed on their careers.
He’s one of the biggest musical acts in the world today and could be forgiven for living a life of excess, but Ed Sheeran is determined to keep his feet on the ground and not let his career slide away.
During a new interview with the Big Issue, Sheeran addressed Noel Gallagher’s infamous recent criticism of new artists being “careerists” and too focussed on the financial side of their music, and it would seem that he takes the label as a compliment.
Ed Sheeran reckons modern pop stars are more "savvy" than those from the past
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Takes "Careerist" As Compliment, Not Insult
Taylor Swift will premiere her new video at this month's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The line-up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was already very impressive, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all set to perform on stage, and officials have now filled a (blank) space by confirming Taylor Swift will be there to debut the video for her new track 'Bad Blood', according to Hollywood Reporter.
And the singer has teased the premiere of the forthcoming video with a stylish image on Twitter.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift To Open Billboard Music Awards With New Video
Sheeran blamed air conditioning and frequent flying for his vocal troubles, but cut out boozing and adjusted his setlist to complete his recent tour.
The seemingly unstoppable Ed Sheeran has revealed that he feared his recent Australian tour would have to be scrapped due to vocal problems. He blamed air conditioning and extensive travelling by plane on his voice deteriorating over the course of the tour.
He told the Sydney Daily Telegraph: “It was scary. It was a difficult tour in that respect, a lot of air conditioning and a lot of flying dries you up. I had to be more sensible than I usually am.” However, he chose to power on with the tour and cut out drinking and partying in order to preserve his vocal cords.
Ed Sheeran nearly cancelled his Australian tour due to vocal cord trouble
The Alabama outfit (as you'd guess by their name) are celebrating their first Number One record this week after 'Sound & Color' beat all other records.
In quite a low-selling week, the rockers sold 96,000 copies of their sophomore effort to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200 chart. The reformed system counts track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent sales, though some 91,000 of Sound & Color’s sales total came from traditional physical sales.
Alabama Shakes’ debut album Boys & Girls won the group a lot of plaudits upon its release in 2012 for its classic rock sound. It peaked at Number 6 in the American charts, nearly a year after its release, due to its three Grammy nominations in 2013.
Continue reading: Alabama Shakes Rock To The Top Of The Billboard Albums Chart
The 'Life of the Party' singer has risen from internet fame to land a Number 1 record at his first attempt.
Internet sensation Shawn Mendes has completed his rise from a cult following on Vine to chart-topping sensation, as his full-length debut album has entered at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 200. Handwritten sold 119,000 units, including track and streaming album equivalent sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
16 year old Mendes is the youngest person to top the American album charts since 2010, when Justin Bieber – six months younger then than Mendes is now – spent a month at Number 1 with My World 2.0.
Shawn Mendes has scored his first Number 1 album with his debut 'Handwritten'
Continue reading: Shawn Mendes Scores US Chart Topper With Debut Album 'Handwritten'
Having released just two albums, the British megastar has become just the second artist in history to reach the landmark figure.
The records just keep tumbling for Ed Sheeran! At the very start of the year he was named as the most streamed artist of 2014, and now he’s achieved another landmark.
Spotify have announced that he is the first British artist to reach two billion streams, and only the second to do so in the streaming service’s history behind Eminem. That’s only on the back of two studio albums, however, whereas the American rapper has released eight. The company also announced that his track ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the most streamed song in the United States.
Ed Sheeran is the first British artist to reach 2 billion Spotify streams
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Reaches Two Billion Streams On Spotify
Ed Sheeran sent a video message to a terminally ill fan on his wedding day. The singer, who is currently on tour, advised the couple to "drink a lot, dance a lot and have a lot of sex." Wise words indeed...
Ed Sheeran once again proved himself an incredibly decent human being after sending a video to a couple on their wedding day. The couple in question married earlier this week after the husband found out he was terminally ill and had only three weeks to live.
Ed Sheeran has send a video message to a terminally ill fan on his wedding day.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Sends Video Message To Terminally Ill Fan On His Wedding Day
Ed Sheeran turned down a role in 'Game of Thrones' three years ago.
Ed Sheeran says he is stepping up his campaign to land a guest appearance on HBO's Game of Thrones. The British star is a big fan of the show though passed on a cameo three years ago because the shooting schedule clashed with his live shows.
Ed Sheeran says he wants a role in Game of Thrones
However, Sheeran is ready to offer his services and is looking for a role in the sixth season of the drama.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Could Make Appearance On 'Game Of Thrones'
Ed Sheeran has booked some strong support for his Wembley shows.
Ed Sheeran has announced a high profile slate of support acts for his three-night stint at Wembley Stadium this summer. Sheeran will be joined by Rudimental, Example, Passenger and Foy Vance will open on different nights.
Ed Sheeran will be joined by OneRepublic, Foy Vance, Rudimental and Example at Wembley Stadium
On July 10, OneRepublic and Foy Vance take to the stage, while on July 11, it'll be Rudimental and Example.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Announces Glittering Support Acts For Wembley Stadium
The 'Thinking Out Loud' star played some of his best-known hits for kids from the New Zealand school, and fielded some pretty tough questions from them afterwards.
British pop hero Ed Sheeran took some time out from his current tour of New Zealand to play a short gig at a local primary school, after they won a radio competition. The singer also took part in a diverse question and answer session with the children.
The megastar played a brief selection of his hit singles and then fielded some pretty tough questions from the 100-strong crowd of kids, after which he posed for pictures with everybody who wanted them, reported The Mirror.
Ed Sheeran played a gig at a primary school while on his New Zealand tour
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Plays A Gig At A Primary School
Ed Sheeran has appeared on ‘Sesame Street’ and it’s just as cute as we'd imagined.
Ed Sheeran has appeared on ‘Sesame Street’ to perform a special song with the gang which teaches children how to behave at school. The British singer filmed the performance back in October 2013, but it has only just been made available to watch online.
Ed Sheeran has appeared on 'Sesame Street'
Sheeran announced the video’s release this morning, posting a link on his Twitter page and writing, ”Filmed that a long time ago, happy it's finally out.” So far the just under three minute video has racked up over 90,000 views (though we’re guessing quite a lot of these were from Sheeran’s more grown-up fans).
Continue reading: Watch Ed Sheeran Perform On 'Sesame Street' With Elmo And Grover!
'To Pimp A Butterfly' matches its rave reviews with another week of six figure sales, meaning a second week at the top of the Billboard charts.
In a quiet week on the US Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly spends a second week in the Number One spot. The rapper’s third album sold more than double the amount of its nearest rival, the soundtrack to TV drama ‘Empire’, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Shifting 123,000 copies in its second week on sale, including track and streaming equivalent sales figures as well as physical copies, To Pimp A Butterfly is the first album to spend its opening fortnight at the top of the chart since Taylor Swift’s behemoth 1989 at the end of last year. The ‘Empire’ soundtrack was a non-mover in second place, selling 61,000 copies.
Kendrick Lamar spends a second week on top of the US Albums chart
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Spends Second Week At The Top Of U.S. Albums Chart
Ed Sheeran crashed an Australian couple's wedding and performed 'Thinking Out Loud' for their wedding dance.
Ed Sheeran surprised one lucky couple by performing at their wedding. The 24-year-old British singer heard Sydney radio station KIIS 1065 was preparing a special wedding for the happy couple and Sheeran offered, as the bride and groom had chosen one his songs for their first dance, to perform at the reception.
Ed Sheeran performed at an Australian couple's wedding.
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Kendrick Lamar is at Number 1 in both the US and the UK with his third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', which came out a week earlier than scheduled last Monday.
Hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar has stormed to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 Albums chart with his third album To Pimp A Butterfly. It clocked up over 363,000 equivalent sales (totalling physical, track and streaming data) despite being released one week earlier than planned, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To Pimp A Butterfly has the second highest first-week sales of 2015, behind fellow rapper Drake’s recent surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which sold 495,000 in its debut week back in February.
Kendrick Lamar is Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 albums
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Scores First US Number 1 Album With 'To Pimp A Butterfly'
Sheeran plans to use Gingerbread Records to launch the careers of future stars, including his current tour support act Jamie Lawson.
The entire world’s at his feet, and yet he still wants more! As well as having two multi-million selling albums and awards coming out of his ears, Ed Sheeran has now started his own record label.
The British star is currently on a tour of Australia and spoke to Nova FM about the label, called Gingerbread. “I've set up my first record label,” he said “…and Jamie Lawson [a British singer-songwriter] is my first signing. I wanted Australia to be the launch pad because Australia is a country that I feel would really really dig Jamie.”
Ed Sheeran has launched his own record label, 'Gingerbread'
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Launches His Own Record Label
The British singer joins the likes of Adele and The Beatles in hitting the two million sales mark.
After picking up the Brit Award for Album of the Year last month, Ed Sheeran’s X has another achievement to add to its growing list, as the record has just past the two million sales mark in the UK. According to the Official Charts Company, the 24 year old singer can now count himself alongside Adele, Take That and The Beatles, as one of the few artists to reach the milestone.
Ed Sheeran's X has hit the two million sales mark.
X managed to hit the two million mark just 38 weeks after its release last June, which makes it the sixth fastest album to reach the milestone since 2000 and the fifth fastest-selling album of the past five years.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran's 'X' Passes 2 Million Sales Landmark In The UK
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
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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'.
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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
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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
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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
Date of birth
17th February, 1991
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