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Ed Sheeran named as most streamed artist of 2014

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 5:30 pm
 

Ed Sheeran has been named as the most streamed artist worldwide in 2014, with his album ‘X’ being streamed over 430 million times since it was released in June.

Music streaming service Spotify revealed that the singer/songwriter beat the likes of Eminem and Coldplay to the top spot, based on data collected from over 50 million users across the world. Calvin Harris and Katy Perry make up the remainder of the top five. Speaking about his achievement, Sheeran said, “It’s a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I’d assume would be streamed more than me.”

However, despite his successes in the streaming charts, Ed Sheeran failed to make the top five tracks globally. Singer/songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams took the top spot with ‘Happy (from Despicable Me 2)’, which beat off competition from Clean Bandit‘s ‘Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)’ and Calvin Harris’s ‘Summer’. Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ and John Legend‘s ‘All of Me’ complete the top five.

Steve Savoca, head of content at Spotify, said: “This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over 50 million dedicated music fans listened to more than 7 billion listening hours in 2014 alone.” He added: “Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful ‘X’, and also for earning the overall most streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify.”

Ed Sheeran’s success in the streaming chart is largely down to timing. His album X, which is available on Spotify, was released a couple of weeks before he took to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2014. In the same month, it was announced that the Official Charts Company would be counting audio streams within their chart data. Following his performance on “The X Factor” on Sunday, October 26th, 2014, the singer’s third single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was streamed over 1,638,000 times in a week. Not bad, eh?

However, not all artists have been as supportive of music streaming services. Quite famously, Taylor Swift made the move to withdraw all of her music from Spotify at the start of November 2014, as she believes artists don’t receive enough money from the service. Other famous artists who are missing from such services include AC/DC and The Beatles.

The streaming results, which includes artists we’ve written a lot on TGTF about including Coldplay, Glass Animals and Hozier, in full:

Top five global artists

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Katy Perry

Top five global males

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Calvin Harris
4. Avicii
5. David Guetta

Top five global females

1. Katy Perry
2. Ariana Grande
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Beyoncé
5. Lorde

Top five global groups

1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. OneRepublic
5. One Direction

Top five global tracks

1. Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams
2. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
3. Summer – Calvin Harris
4. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
5. All of Me – John Legend

Top five global albums

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
4. G I R L – Pharrell Williams
5. My Everything – Ariana Grande

Top five global viral tracks

1. Take Me to Church – Hozier
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Ojos Color Sol – Calle 13
4. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
5. Hey Mami – Sylvan Esso

Most streamed artists in UK

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Arctic Monkeys
3. Eminem
4. Sam Smith
5. Coldplay

Most streamed tracks in UK

1. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
3. Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – M Probz
4. All of Me – John Legend
5. Stay With Me – Sam Smith

Most streamed albums in UK

1. X – Ed Sheeran
2. In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. Wanted On Voyage – George Ezra
4. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
5. G I R L – Pharrell Williams

Top viral tracks in UK

1. Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann
2. Gooey – Glass Animals
3. Everyone Is Gay – A Great Big World
4. Take Me To Church – Hozier
5. Far From Any Road – The Handsome Family

 

Album Review: Ed Sheeran – x

 
By on Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Last Sunday, Ed Sheeran captivated thousands of onlookers as he commanded the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. Not bad for someone who was busking on the streets less than 5 years ago.

While he was on stage, it was officially revealed on BBC Radio 1 that the 23-year-old’s latest album ‘x’ (pronounced ‘multiply’) had topped the Official UK Albums Chart. The album sold more than 182,000 copies in the space of 7 days, making it the fastest selling album of 2014 so far. The follow-up to his debut album ‘+’ shows a darker side to Ed Sheeran, who told Buzzfeed that he wrote about “s**t that happens” and that it “sums up the last 3 years of [his] life pretty accurately”.

Judging by the album, the last 3 years can’t have been overly great for Sheeran, as the record predominantly focuses on romance and heartbreaks, and how the West Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter put his career first and made mistakes along the way. The former is particularly evident in ‘Nina’, a possible contender for Sheeran’s next single, as the powerful chorus contains the line, “And I’ve been livin’ on the road Nina, but then again you should know Nina”. Opening track ‘One’ is another strong track that also embraces this theme, as does one of the stand out songs on the album, ‘Don’t’.

Having supported Taylor Swift on her tour of America, it’s clear that her knack for shaming exes in her music rubbed off on Sheeran, as ‘Don’t’ is based on his experience with a celebrity girlfriend who cheated on him with a close friend. As well as sending the gossip magazines into overdrive, ‘Don’t’ is a dark and powerful track that sticks two fingers up to Sheeran’s ex, making it one of the highlights of ‘x’. ‘Sing’, which gave Sheeran his first #1 single earlier this year, shows a slight move away from the one man and his acoustic guitar we have come accustomed to. Heavily influenced by the pop and r&b styling of Justin Timberlake, the track was produced by and features the vocals of Pharrell Williams (who seems to be doing no wrong at the moment), so it’s no surprise that this is one of the strongest songs on the album.

Nevertheless, Sheeran hasn’t strayed completely from his roots. The gentle tones of ‘Tenerife Sea’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ feature a similar sound to the likes of ‘The A Team’, ‘U.N.I.’ and ‘Give Me Love’ from his debut album, providing a welcome change to the dark undertones of ‘x’. Something that Sheeran achieves well is tackling subjects that many mainstream artists would shy away from: for example, ‘Bloodstream’ is about the time he took MDMA and fell in love with a bean bag. However, he makes them applicable to his young fan base by populating his tracks with references to his favourite pastimes, such as playing with LEGO. It’s a clever technique that makes Ed Sheeran stand out from the other singer-songwriters that are currently dominating the charts.

Overall, ‘x’ is a brilliant album that is sure to have a lasting effect, just like his previous record did. While he hasn’t taken many risks, Ed Sheeran has delivered yet another masterpiece, which is guaranteed to be one of this year’s best musical offerings.

9/10

‘x’, the second studio album from Ed Sheeran, is out now on Warner Music.

 

The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): Ed Sheeran performing ‘Sing’ at the Pyramid Stage

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 7:30 pm
 

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

This is something I haven’t seen at a festival much, I don’t think. Closing out his set at the Pyramid Stage Sunday night with the song ‘Sing’, Ed Sheeran got the punters to wave around various articles of clothing in the air on cue. Watch the ginger doing his thing at Glastonbury 2014 below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

 

Ed Sheeran / October 2014 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 8th January 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Ed Sheeran has just announced a lengthy arena tour including two dates at London O2 in support of his upcoming second album to be released on the 17th of February. In an interview with Capital FM, Sheeran revealed that the shows will be “100% solo…just me with an acoustic guitar for two hours.” Tickets go on general sale this Friday the 10th of January at 9 AM; a presale begins at 9 AM today (Wednesday the 8th of January).

Monday 6th October 2014 – Dublin O2
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Sunday 12th October 2014 – London O2
Monday 13th October 2014 – London O2
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena
Monday 20th October 2014 – Birmingham LG Arena
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Monday 27th October 2014 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena

 

Live Review: Ed Sheeran with Foy Vance and Rizzle Kicks at Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD – 29th January 2013

 
By on Monday, 4th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

A more respectful bunch of crazies, I have never witnessed. Seriously, Ed Sheeran fans take the cake. I know U2 fans queue for days, but they have a spectacle to see. This is for a boy. And a guitar. And nothing else. Even the venue tweeted a picture of the queue that morning saying it was the earliest they had *ever* had a queue. That’s the crazy. I’ll get to the respectful later.

I’d seen the ginger play five times before, so it was for opening act Foy Vance that I made the hour and a half trek north. I had been warned about the power of his live show, but was still taken by surprise when this Belfast-born, blue-eyed bluesman ripped open my soul. And it wasn’t just me. The sea of youngsters around me embraced his every heartfelt note having never even heard his name before. “I’m in love with that Foy guy” was exclaimed quite near me at the break. So the wisdom from years of honing his craft, the pain and longing that drips through his lyrics and the emotion that tears through his raw delivery transcends age and genre. From the opening notes of ‘I’ve Got Love’ to the soaring sing along of ‘Guiding Light’, Vance won over an audience that had likely never heard of him, and further more probably never would have heard of him if Ed Sheeran hadn’t brought him along for the ride. Cheers to you Mr. Sheeran for taking the incomparable Foy Vance with you through America.

Foy Vance Baltimore

Next on the bill was Rizzle Kicks; a much more simpatico pairing with Sheeran’s style. These Brit School buds went down a treat with the crowd. With ‘Mama Do the Hump’ and ‘Down with the Trumpets’, the duo blasted the largely female crowd with their beats and moves. It didn’t hurt at all that they both sported local sports teams’ shirts – including a Baltimore Raven’s AFC Championship shirt. (The Ravens were set play in this year’s Super Bowl, just days away.) Quite popular at home, Rizzle Kicks are finding a welcoming new audience on these American shores.

Rizzle Kicks Baltimore

But back to that respectful crowd. Girls who scream and faint (yes, two of them went down that I saw) over their favorite singer are not typically known to be the respectful kind. But having seen the man play multiple times now, I am pleased to say that I am most impressed with the crowd he draws. Or perhaps they are all so in love with him that they would do anything for him – including being totally silent. Yes, a gig where the singer asked the audience not to sing along, and NO ONE did. Impressive.

Ed Sheeran Baltimore 1

So whether it was a raucous sing along like ‘Drunk’ or a delicate number like the ‘Kiss Me’ duet with Vance, everyone standing there gave it the proper treatment. Sure there was the random ‘I love you’ screamed out, but even that was less than I have seen at other gigs. The encore was particularly special consisting of deluxe album version only song ‘Gold Rush’ – complete with a nod to Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’, hidden track ‘The Parting Glass’ and Sheeran’s biggest hit ‘The A Team’.

Ed Sheeran has been on a grueling touring schedule since he broke in mid-2011. He is a talented bloke and an immense performer, I hope for more great things from him. And I honestly hope he gets a bit of a rest soon. Then again, he is only 21. Ahhhh, youth.

Ed Sheeran Baltimore 2

After the cut: the set lists.
Continue reading Live Review: Ed Sheeran with Foy Vance and Rizzle Kicks at Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD – 29th January 2013

 

Live Gig Video: Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran duet on ‘New York’ in a piano store in Montreal

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Snow Patrol (pictured above) and Ed Sheeran are currently on a massive tour of North America. While up in the Great White North (aka Canada, the city of Montreal to be exact), the ginger-haired teen idol took time out in a piano shop with Gary Lightbody and touring member Johnny McDaid to do a really nice version of ‘New York’. Watch and enjoy it below.

 
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