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As his singles from his debut album, ‘+,’ continue to impact the U.S. charts, Ed Sheeran has finished writing his sophomore album.
“I turned it in today,” he told Billboard while on the Billboard Music Awards’ blue carpet yesterday (May 19).
“It’s early next year,” Sheeran continued to say about the slated release date. “It was going to be this year but I don’t finish touring till October and then there’s no time to get a plan together. I’m going to spend October, November, December planning and then just smash it out next year.”
The singer isn’t pressed on the next steps of the creative process for the songs “are written [and] good” which he says the most important thing. “All the songs are written. I’m going in to record them in August. The direction will take shape then. The songs are good, which is the main thing. I think you can have good songs and then you can put any sort of production behind it but as long as the songs are good,” he said.
Ed Sheeran took the stage at last night’s award show to perform his “+” hit, “Lego House.” The song is climbing its way up the Hot 100 (No. 72 this week).
During rehearsals, Ed Sheeran joked with Billboard that he was attending as Taylor Swift’s plus-one. Sitting front row next to his tour-mate, Ed Sheeran popped up on the telecast several times. Taylor Swift won eight awards.
Billboard | Ed Sheeran to Bring Down the House at Billboard Music Awards: Rehearsal Q&A – May 18, 2013
“Don’t expect much from the performance — I don’t have any dancers, or a backing band. But I do have some Christmas lights around my feet, so that’s exciting.”
Ed Sheeran is kidding. You should get excited about his performance of “Lego House” at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow (May 19), airing live on ABC from Las Vegas.
His performance aside, there’s a chance you might be seeing a lot of the U.K. singer-songwriter during the actual telecast — his tour-mate Taylor Swift is a finalist in a whopping 11 categories, including Top Artist prize.
“I think I’m her plus-one, so it’s going to be quite weird sitting in the front row,” he said.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Sheeran, whose breakout single “The A Team” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100. When his album “+” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart last year, it was the highest debut for a British male artist’s first album since 2006.
With “Lego House” climbing its way up the Hot 100 (No. 72 this week) and the Taylor tour going well, Sheeran said he’s seen some definite changes in his life.
“I don’t worry so much,” he admitted. “Which is kind of a bad thing. You get to a point where everyone does everything for you without you having to ask them.”
Delta is doing all the Ed Sheeran lovers out there a solid. They’ve invited the Grammy® nominated “Lego House” singer out to their shiny new pop-up shop in New York City for an exclusive show May 23.
If you didn’t get an invite, no worries—Fuse will be there and we’ll be livestreaming the whole thing here on our site. An Ed Sheeran show in the comfort of your pajamas? Yes, please.
In the meantime, all you jetsetters who are eager for a look at the new Delta terminal at New York’s JFK airport, get a first glimpse of what’s to come at the T4X pop-up shop at 376 West Broadway at Broome. Frequent and non-frequent fliers alike can hang out at the Sky Deck, an outdoor terrace, or pick up some lunch. Or just come hang out while you’re “at the doctor.” We won’t tell your boss.
Billboard | Ed Sheeran Talks Lumineers, ‘Gangnam Style’ & Blackjack in New Billboard Music Awards Q&A – May 17, 2013
With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA performer Ed Sheeran to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months.
The U.K. singer’s breakout single “The A Team” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 in 2012. When his album “+” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart last year, it was the highest debut for a British male artist’s first album since 2006.
Watch the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as host Tracy Morgan welcomes the biggest names in music to the stage.
What song really made an impact on you this year?
Ed Sheeran: The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” was definitely one of the most impactful songs for me, for good reason. When that song popped, it just changed the whole setting in terms of radio airplay. It was all EDM for a while and then suddenly more bands like that were getting played. It was definitely hard to get “The A Team” on the radio when [it first came out] because radio can only play a certain amount of slower tunes, but “Ho Hey” paved the way for artists like me to get played.
What new talent emerged or came into his or her own this year that blew you away?
An artist called Passenger. He’s an amazing singer/songwriter. I had him on tour with me for a long time and now he’s No. 1 in almost every country around the world, apart from America. He’s going to be coming here soon.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video this year?
There was a parody video of someone who did a version of “The A Team” that’s quite funny. “Gangnam Style” is great. I loved how everyone went nuts when it came out.
Was there a surprising sound or music trend that pricked up your ears?
I don’t know what’s happening in America, but definitely in the U.K., more guitar-driven bands are coming back. That’s nice to see. Trap music seems to be getting big at the moment—very minimal beats and slow rap. I was interested to see it get so big commercially.
What are the biggest challenges facing touring artists today?
I think it’s so flooded nowadays with talent, I guess the only challenge is finding different ways to make yourself heard and try different methods. Don’t use the same ways that other artists are trying. The way I got started was instead of playing acoustic shows I played hip-hop, soul, comedy nights. I’d be the only white person there and stand out like a sore thumb, and therefore be more notable. Just try and find a way to stick out. I guess making a record on the road if you are on tour a lot is hard. You just have to find the time.
How do you live like a high roller when you’re in Las Vegas?
I like blackjack, but try to avoid it. I was very lucky the first time I played. I got a $100 chip from my friend and won $3,000, so every time I go back I’m trying to do the same thing.
And puh-leese — you didn’t think we’d leave it there, right? In addition to pitting fan armies against one another (eep!), the OMAs have also organized the Make A Band Famous award, where 10 bands (like The So So Glos, The Future, and Darling Parade, to name a few) have been selected to advance to the semi-finals, AND fans can help advance their favorite acts simply by voting here. Then, on June 19, the final top five bands will play at the OMAs, and we’ll announce the No. 1 band that very day.
Oh, OK, last thing, and then that’s it: The Roots drummer ?uestlove will also kick off a 24-hour-drum-a-thon in honor of the OMAs and MTV’s “Live Music Day” on June 19! THERE. Now we’re done/exhausted/dying. Livestream the O Music Awards on June 19 at 7 p.m. ET, and cast your vote for the nominees at OMusicAwards.com!