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Ed Sheeran Talks Collaborating With Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and More

Ed Sheeran recently sat down with radio host Charlamagne Tha God to talk about his album No. 6 Collaborations Project, his songwriting process, and more.

No. 6 Collaborations Project features a star-studded lineup. Sheeran teamed up with Justin Bieber on the first single, “I Don’t Care,” which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The album also includes collabs with Cardi B, Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper, and more.

The British singer-songwriter credits his previous collaborative EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project, with giving him his break in the music industry. After its success, Sheeran signed his first record deal.

On collaborating with other songwriters:

“By going into the studio with people like Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars [on the track “BLOW“] you’re just expanding your palate… you can’t become better unless you’re around people who can teach you things.”

On standing out in the music industry:

“I just think being yourself is so powerful… because of being myself, all of these great things have happened.”

Watch the interview above.

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Ed Sheeran Breaks Down How He Made ‘Shape Of You’

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Ed Sheeran at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. / Facebook

Having finished the material for his album ÷, Ed Sheeran went into a typical studio session to brainstorm ideas for other artists. Sheeran, who often writes songs for other musicians, put down five tracks that day for the likes of DJ Snake and Liam Payne. One of them was also the smash hit, “Shape Of You,” which he had intended to give to Rihanna or Rudimental.

“I didn’t make the song to be mine to sing,” said Sheeran in a video for The New York Times. In the clip, Sheeran and producer/songwriters Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid explain how they made “Shape Of You.” They discuss how they constructed the track as well as how they worked out their differences with the lyrics. Sheeran also talks about how his label head questioned why he would give the song away.

“I don’t really know what it means to choose a hit,” Sheeran says. “I just like writing songs.”

It’s safe to say keeping “Shape Of You” was a smart decision. The track went on to have massive success, breaking the record for most weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and becoming the most-streamed song ever on Spotify. It also topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart and was the 3rd most-downloaded track of 2017 on DJcity.

Watch how “Shape Of You” was made below.

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Ed Sheeran Gives TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ Writers Credit on ‘Shape of You’

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Ed Sheeran in his “Shape of You” video. (photo source: Instagram)

The writing credits on ASCAP’s website for Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” now include the writers of TLC‘s 1999 hit, “No Scrubs,” BBC News has pointed out.

The credits for “Shape of You” originally included Sheeran, producer Steve Mac, and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid. However, the credits now include the writers of “No Scrubs”: Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris (T.I.’s wife), and producer Kevin Briggs.

Sheeran might have credited the writers to avoid another trial, though that hasn’t been confirmed. The English singer-songwriter is currently being sued by the family of the co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit, “Let’s Get It On.” They claim Sheeran’s 2014 single “Thinking Out Loud” infringes on it. He’s also being sued by the writers of Matt Cardle’s 2011 song, “Amazing,” which they allege shares similarities with Sheeran’s 2015 single, “Photograph.”

Compare “Shape of You” and “No Scrubs” below.

Related: Watch Ed Sheeran Perform ‘Shape of You’ on BBC Radio 1

Watch Ed Sheeran Perform ‘Shape of You’ on BBC Radio 1

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On Tuesday, Ed Sheeran stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform his latest hit single, “Shape of You.” The British singer-songwriter has been making his rounds as he gears up to release his third studio album, Divide, in March.

The track, which was DJcity’s most downloaded of January, currently sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for its fourth total week.

Related: Watch Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Video

DJ Brace Scratches Over Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

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DMC Online Champion DJ Brace has flipped Ed Sheeran’s dancehall-influenced single “Shape of You” for his Fretless Fridays series. The track, which was DJcity’s most downloaded of January, is currently number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Fretless Fridays is a weekly series that features DJ Brace scratching over well-known songs using John Beez’s Fretless Fader.

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Watch Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Video

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Ed Sheeran has dropped a video for his dancehall-influenced hit, “Shape of You,” which is currently No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The visual was filmed in Seattle and stars Sheeran alongside model and dancer Jennie Pegouskie, who’s toured with Macklemore.

“Shape of You” is the second single off Sheeran’s upcoming album, Divide.

Watch the video above and download the track on DJcity.

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