Ed Sheeran Kills It On SNL, Gives Preview of “X” Album

April 18, 2014
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Last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Seth Rogan and featuring musical guest Ed Sheeran, was life altering for me. Supported by an electric guitar, bass, and a backup singer, Ed Sheeran gave listeners a preview of songs from his upcoming “X” album, which is expected to be released June 23 from Atlantic Records.

 

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Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not what you would call an “Ed Sheeran fan”…until recently. However, I had always heard great things about him on Twitter, and writing for WKTDJ has certainly given me plenty of access to all the positive buzz about him. It’s not that I ever disliked the 23-year-old British singer, it’s just that I wasn’t super familiar with his stuff. That being said…

CAUTION: MILD FANGIRLING AHEAD.

First of all, I just LOVE how Ed sings with his British accent — it’s so rare! If you like acoustic, folk, or pop music, you will surely enjoy Ed’s performance of “Sing,” because it includes elements from many genres. The funk-infused track was co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams, and his influence is very apparent. And don’t even get me started on Ed’s falsetto!

CLICK HERE to watch Ed Sheeran perform “Sing” on Saturday Night Live!

“Sing” is also the only song from “X” that is currently available for purchase on iTunes. Click here to pre-order the full album.

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For his second performance, Ed outdid himself and knocked our socks all the way off. “Don’t” is a chilling breakup song that is filled to the brim with anguish, regret, and just the right amount of post-breakup sass. It is co-produced by Benny Blanco and Rick Rubin.

CLICK HERE to watch Ed Sheeran perform “Don’t” on Saturday Night Live!

After watching this performance about five times, I decided I needed to know the lyrics in their entirety. Watch the lyric video for yourself, and prepare to relate to Ed Sheeran more than you ever have before. I bet you won’t be able to get these lyrics and this tune out of your head:

That heart is so cold/All over my arm/

I don’t wanna know that babe/Ah-la-la-la-la/

Don’t fuck with my love/

I told her she knows/Take aim and reload/

I don’t wanna know that babe/Ah-la-la-la-la

Based solely on Ed’s two performances, it’s hard not to be sold on his originality, his stellar songwriting skills, and his funky sound. I know that I personally will be making a very exciting purchase on iTunes when “X” drops at the start of the Summer. Thank you SNL for curating this excellent musical entertainment; this is why I will always watch you. Music artists are always (usually) at their best when they come on SNL, and that’s what makes it a great way to introduce viewers to artists.

When SNL returns May 3 it will be hosted by The Amazing Spiderman 2 star Andrew Garfield, with Coldplay as the musical guest.

How many times did you watch/listen to Ed’s SNL performances? Tweet us your repeat number on Twitter, @weknowtheDJ!

 

~ Jenni Moore (@JenniferKayMo)

 

 

 

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