Ed Sheeran‘s hit song “Shape of You” was initially written for Rihanna, but Sheeran kept the song for himself after his label convinced him. In an article for Rolling Stone, Sheeran revealed that he wanted Jay-Z to add a verse to the song, but Jay-Z declined and said that the song did not need a rap verse. Sheeran admitted that Jay-Z was probably right and that he has a good ear for music. “Shape of You” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks in 2017.
Sheeran is set to release his fifth studio album, titled “–“. Last week, he released the album’s lead single, “Eyes Closed,” which was inspired by grief and loss. Sheeran also shared a stripped-back version of the song, featuring an orchestra and Aaron Dessner, who produced the album, on piano.
In the Rolling Stone article, Sheeran talked about his personal life and how it has influenced his music. He discussed how becoming a father has changed his perspective on life and made him more emotional. He also talked about his struggles with mental health and how he uses music as an outlet to express his emotions.
Sheeran’s success as a musician has been well-documented. He has won four Grammy Awards and has sold more than 150 million records worldwide. He is known for his ability to write catchy pop songs that resonate with listeners. His music is often autobiographical, with Sheeran drawing on his own experiences to craft his lyrics.
Despite his success, Sheeran has faced criticism from some quarters. Some have accused him of being too commercial and pandering to the mainstream. Others have criticized his use of sampling in his music, saying that it lacks originality.