Ed Sheeran reckons there aren’t enough collaborations in the music industry – and that duets are often used purely as as a means to sell records.
Speaking about his recent collab with fellow Grammy nominee Sam Smith, the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ star said it came about entirely from friendship and love for music.
Asked how he came to make a guest appearance on stage with Sam whilst he was touring back in October he told us: “We’re mates anyway and he was in Manchester at the same time as me.
“The thing I really liked about it is that me and him both spend a lot of time looking up to people who were big 30 – 40 years ago who were all mates and all did that together. “
But the 23-year-old reckons most other artists in the business aren’t interested in joining forces creatively – unless it’s for cynical reasons.
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He added: “Nowadays the competition is a lot stiffer because there’s so little space. There are only a couple of spaces for people to sell a load of records so everyone’s a bit standoffish and the collaboration thing doesn’t really happen that much.
“People just stay in their own lane and the only reason it happens is if it furthered their career whereas me jumping on stage with Sam is just fun.
“It didn’t further our careers, it was just fun. The two top selling artists in the country singing in a room to 600 people.”
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5. Duetting with Wayne Rooney
Forget Sam Smith because Manchester also threw up another unexpected duet for Ed Sheeran – with none other than Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United footballer joined his teammates at Ed’s gig in the city, before sharing the mic with him later at the after-party. Wayne apparently tried his hardest to keep up as the two sang ‘Lego House’ in front of a roomful of revellers at the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub near Deansgate.
4. Announcing Wembley Stadium
It’s gone supersize for Ed who mid-tour announced his biggest ever solo gig – at Wembley stadium – before adding two further dates because he was in THAT much in demand. Officially stratespheric.
3. ‘Marrying’ terminally ill fan Katie Papworth
The story of Ed and brain cancer sufferer Katie Papworth touched the world, after he agreed to marry her at his Glasgow gig. When she died just a week later, he expressed his devastation on Twitter.
2. Selling Out Madison Square Garden
Ed openly claimed that selling out the famous NYC venue was better than sex itself. Yep that’s right, he told journos that selling it out three times over was a major ‘benchmark’ in his life that genuinely overshadowed losing his virginity.
1. Joining BFF Taylor on stage
What could be better than popping up on BFF Taylor Swift’s RED tour? Pretty much nothing.