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Ed Sheeran gets in dancehall shape

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

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WHAT was a song written for Barbadian star Rihanna has gone to British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Shape of You, a dancehall-flavoured single, was released on Friday. It is one of two new songs released by Sheeran, famous for the international smash hit Thinking Out Loud. The other song is Castle on the Hill.

Shape of You is co-produced by Steve Mac and Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid.

In an interview on BBC Radio One’s Breakfast show on Friday, Sheeran spoke about Shape of You.


Shape of You is actually a really random one, because I went in to write songs for other people with a guy called Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, and we were writing this song and I was like, ‘This would really work for Rihanna.’ And then I started singing lyrics like ‘putting Van the Man on the jukebox’, and I was like, ‘Well, she’s not really going to sing that, is she?’ And then we sort of decided halfway through that we were just going to make it for me,” he explained.

Shape of You is from Sheeran’s upcoming album Divide. It is the follow-up to 2014’s massive

Multiply, also known as x.

That album yielded four hit singles: Don’t’ (number eight in the United Kingdom, number nine in the United States); Sing (number one in the UK and number 13 in the US); Photograph (number 10 in the US and number 15 in the UK); and Thinking Out Loud (number one UK and number two in the US).

Thinking Out Loud won Grammy Awards last year for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of The Year.

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