From the moment he zips into a New York toy store, it’s clear Ed Sheeran is no typical pop star. Start with his appearance: With his hoodie, unsullied sneakers, and perpetually tousled red hair, Sheeran looks less like a teen dream than a dot-com programmer. In search of a gift for a friend, he inquires about Captain America toys, and the salesman, who’s wearing a Pharrell Williams T-shirt, has no idea he’s talking with a British singer-songwriter whose spring hit, “Sing,” was a collaboration with … Pharrell Williams.
But it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes him: “Are you Ed Sheeran?” asks a teen girl who spots him near the display of One Direction dolls. Stunned, she asks to take a selfie with him, and Sheeran cheerily obliges. She’s just one of the devoted fans around the world who made his 2012 single “The A Team”—a wistful ballad inspired, he says, by a homeless woman he met while helping out at a shelter—a top 20 hit and bought almost 4 million copies of his first album, + (a.k.a. Plus). Drawn to his tender songwriting and cuddle pup image, Sheeran’s fans (sometimes called Sheerios or Sheeranators) are so besotted they’ve been known to swipe his hoodies, and at his concerts—he’ll be headlining arenas starting in August to promote his just-released album x (a.k.a. Multiply)—they sing along with every word and shriek with abandon. “I always feel quite awkward about it,” he says. “I’ve never screamed at anybody in my life. Can you imagine walking into a shop and someone is screaming about a chocolate cake? You’d go, ‘What is that dude doing?’ ”
Read the full interview at Parade.com
Ed stopped by Free Radio to talk about his latest single “Sing”, working with Pharrell, BSB & more. Watch below.
When Ed Sheeran came to the Fresh studios last week to meet up with Jim & Kim to discuss his hot new single, “SING” that he co-wrote and produced with Pharrell, he also talked about how nervous he was to release the song and his pre-show jitters before his first experience on Saturday Night Live.
“Pharrell embodies soul and he’s such a groovy person, not like groovy, Austin Powers groovy, but even the way he speaks and puts songs across to you. Everything has a feel to it that makes you want to boogie a little bit,” said Sheeran.
Ed recalls being nervous about how his single would be received and expressing that concern to Pharrell over dinner. Their meal ended in a bet involving Pharrell’s famous hat and a drink.
“He made me a bet. We went out for dinner around a month ago and I was quite worried about ‘SING’ being the first single and how it would be taken and he was like, ‘Imma tell you this, Imma tell you this, ‘SING,’ that’s going to do a hundred thousand week one,’” said Sheeran.
Clearly, Ed lost that bet.
He was invited to play on Saturday Night Live and even though he was honored, his acting experience is limited so, again, he was a little nervous – although we found out that his impressions of Americans, specifically Pharrell and general New Yorkers are almost perfect. He says he’s pretty much learned everything from watching “The Sopranos,” so his accent is a little unsettling.
Ed Sheeran’s newest album is titled “X (Multiply)” and will be available everywhere on June 23rd.
This morning Ed Sheeran was in the studio with Ryan Seacrest for an interview. Watch portions of the video below.
This Morning Ed Sheeran was interviewed by Ryan and Ellen on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Listen to the interview below.