Ed Sheeran Speaks On Struggles, Plans For Jayz To Feature In “Shape Of You”
In a recent interview for the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Ed Sheeran opened up about his battles with depression, his new album “Subtract,” and various other topics.
One interesting insight the interview revealed was that Sheeran had initially wanted Jay-Z to feature on “Shape of You.”
He sent the song to the rapper, who responded by declining the offer, saying that the track did not require a rap verse. Sheeran acknowledged Jay-Z’s musical instinct and respected his decision.
“We were in touch,” says Sheeran. “I sent him the song, and he said, ‘I don’t think the song needs a rap verse.’ He was probably right. He’s got a very, very good ear. He usually gets things right. It was a very natural, respectful pass.”
In the age of streaming, Sheeran questions the relevance of music critics. He believes that people should listen to music and form their own opinions rather than relying on reviews to determine what to listen to.
Sheeran has been working on an animated musical with Netflix for the past two years, during which he has written several songs. He anticipates that these songs will be released as an album.
While Sheeran plans to slow down his touring schedule somewhat when his children start school, he still intends to perform on weekends, as is common practice among country artists.
Although Sheeran has incorporated a full band for some performances, he has no plans to abandon his signature guitar-plus-loop-pedal setup, which has been the backbone of his shows.
Having fulfilled his contract with Warner Music, Sheeran is uncertain about how he will release music in the future. He is considering releasing his next album independently.
Sheeran rejects the notion of genres and believes that there are only two types of music: good and bad.
Sheeran said he is a fan of his own Tingly Ted’s Heinz hot sauce, which he helped to create. He enjoys spicy food and wanted to collaborate with Heinz to develop a sauce.