Ed’s on form and Cheryl’s back writing. Colour Ailbhe Malone excited
TRACK OF THE WEEK: Sing by Ed Sheeran Oh wow, this is something special. Look, ditch what you think this will sound like. Instead, time travel back to Justin Timberlake’s Like I Love You. Yeah. We said it was special. Produced by Pharrell, with a shouty bit, falsetto and a rap section, this is just really cool. Keep it up, Sheeran.
In fact, it seems Ed is smartening up all round for this new album. He told Billboard, “My publicist basically has changed me from being the worst-dressed male of 2012 to looking presentable. I’m coming around to dressing a bit better. I’ve just never really given a f**k about what people are wearing, so I don’t know why people care about what I have on.” He held back lyrically, though. “I could have gotten nastier – there was more s**t that I didn’t put in. I was seeing someone for a bit of time, and then they ended up physically involved with one of my friends in the same hotel that we were staying in, while I was downstairs. And I feel like: treat people how you want to be treated.” However, he added the reasonable caveat: “If you date a songwriter, be prepared to have songs written about you. If you do nice things, you’ll have nice songs. And if you do f**ked-up things, you’ll get a horrible song.”
Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole is gearing up for the next round. She’s confirmed back on the X Factor (“We were talking about the talent we had that final year in 2010 – One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle, we just had great people, and we just suddenly thought we want to do it all over again,” Simon Cowell explained) and, more importantly, is writing a new record – with the help of a Girls Aloud bandmate. Cheryl tweeted “@NicolaRoberts is like a little volcano just bubbling away waiting to erupt with hits! #watchthisspace #mygirl #soproud.” To which Nic responded, “I have loved writing for Cheryl! So much fun! Sometimes a heavy heart has come, being a best friend & writing from that perspective for her.”
Colour us excited.
Cheryl is back