ED Sheeran has become a worldwide phenomenon topping the charts in more than 100 countries and winning this year’s Global Success award.
The prolific songwriter, 27, is one of Britain’s most successful musicians and while his own three albums are packed full of hits, he’s also written many well-known tracks for pop superstars.
Ed Sheeran has become a worldwide phenomenon topping the charts in more than 100 countries[/caption]
His own fame has allowed him to take a step back from the spotlight and contribute mega hits to other artists only too happy to team up with a songwriter of his genius.
Here’s a look at some of those records Ed helped craft.
Rita Ora – Your Song
Ed collaborated with Rita on her catchy comeback single and his knack for a melody and catchy chorus ensured it made its way into the top 10 of the UK singles chart.
Rita credited Ed with helping her get past her longrunning legal battle with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, telling The Sunday Telegraph: “I am really grateful for the support. It’s such a different time for me now. Ed is one of my really good friends, I’ve known him for about five years now and that song actually happened towards the end (of the recording process).”
Ed collaborated with Rita on her catchy comeback single Your Song[/caption]
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
The lead single from Bieber’s fourth album, Purpose, hit the number one spot around the world. Ed did what he does best, made a well-written song with nothing more than a voice and an acoustic guitar.
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber – Cold Water
Another Bieber fronted track penned by Ed, Cold Water saw EDM trio Major Lazer put out one of the coolest tracks of 2016.
The lead single from Bieber’s fourth album, Purpose, hit the number one spot around the world[/caption]
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One Direction – Little Things
Ed’s work with 1D brought a more mature edge to their sound and added to their credibility. Little Things went down a storm with fans who bought, streamed and downloaded it in their droves.
Liam Payne – Strip That Down
It’s little surprise Liam turned to Ed for his first single as a solo artist. The pressure was on following up being in the most successful boyband in the world and thankfully Ed was more than up to the task of writing a contemporary banger that launched Liam in his own right.
Speaking to Billboard, Liam said of the collaboration: “I was in a gym in L.A., and I got a call that said ‘You have to get to London now,’ and we had literally just gotten to LA, so we U-turned straight back to London — which of course you do for Mr. Ed Sheeran, because I’d do anything for the man. We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things about life, and [the song] basically just came together.”
It’s little surprise Liam turned to Ed for his first single as a solo artist[/caption]
The Weeknd – Dark Times
The Weeknd has one of the smoothest voices on the planet so there was only going to be one result when he teamed up with Ed to produce this modern day pop classic.
Jessie Ware – Sam
The emotional closer to Jessie’s latest album Glasshouse utilises Ed’s skill for telling a human story that listeners can relate to.
Ed appeared on Jessie Wares podcast after penning tracks for her latest album[/caption]
Tori Kelly – I Was Made For Loving You
Ed once again proved he’s a musical chameleon when he teamed up with American singer/songwriter Tori Kelly for the easy on the ear I Was Made For Loving You.
However, Ed regrets one thing about the duet.
In an interview with Fresh 102.7, he explained: “I remember writing that with Tori and saying before, ‘Whatever we write, definitely for your album, don’t worry about it,’ and remember halfway through being like ‘Aghhh, God I wish I was keeping this.’
“It is a really beautiful song and it’s turned out so, so well. But that’s one song that I wish I’d kept.”
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