Review Corner: Ed Sheeran’s Divide (÷)

(Source: Asylum Records UK)

I’m on my way, driving at ninety down those country lanes…

Like a lot of other people, I got introduced to Ed Sheeran‘s music during his opening gig days on the Red Tour. He remains in my mind, a musical genius capable of putting his music center stage without little to no scenery. Back then his style was almost urban, and that’s never a bad thing. Beat and a rhythm comes so easily to him that for Divide, or to be specific the ÷ album, he’s already past the mastery of the craft and begin the innovation stage. Or perhaps both were always the same thing to him.

This is one of those albums you experience more than listen, where all melodies blend themselves together the first time and you don’t really want to interrupt by looking up song titles. It takes a second listen to forcibly abstract yourself from the audio and finally check out what was that amazing track you just heard. “Castle On The Hill” was a favourite before I even owned Ed’s third studio offering, a mix of nostalgia and longing in a coming of age story that is almost cinematic. I could recognize the pop and the club beats influencing Ed and he in turn influencing them back in “Shape of You”. I’m not much for dancing music but I can’t help but like it. He goes back to ballads easily, so “Perfect” is almost a surprise in the sense that it’s not an easy track musically and lyrically. A less musician would’ve been happy with less, but the more you hear the more you become impressed.

“Galway Girl” is another impressive feat that has Ed’s style as well as old time folk music, something out of a Celtic fairy tale. “Happier” and “What Do I Know?” are also impossible-to-skip favourites already. You might have heard of the story behind the tear-jerker “Supermarket Flowers” which is a beautiful tribute written from her mother’s point of view to her grandmother, but it’s still going to make you cry.

Highly recommended album to listen non-stop. Available now on iTunes.

Inside Rock in Rio USA: We found Wonderland! Taylor brings out Ed Sheeran!

Spoiler content ahead, Taylor Nation. Not the entire show 🙂

Taylor Swift played Rock in Rio USA, which took place in Las Vegas because reasons, last night May 15, 2015. After the wait the audience actually got what they wanted: a full 1989 World Tour concert performance. I chose this picture because it was posted by the Queen of Sparks (and taken by bass player extraordinaire, Amos J. Heller) but also it doesn’t give away the stage, just the piano and a good look at the huge City of Rock venue.

(Photo: Amos J. Heller)
(Photo: Amos J. Heller)

The Sparkly Dressed brought everything and the kitchen sink to the party. “Wonderland” was included in the setlist. Here’s the full set list for last night’s concert:

  • Welcome To New York
  • New Romantics
  • Blank Space
  • Trouble
  • I Wish You Would
  • How You Get The Girl
  • I Know Places
  • Tenerife Sea (featuring Ed Sheeran)
  • Wonderland
  • Clean
  • Love Story
  • Style
  • This Love
  • Bad Blood
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together
  • Wildest Dreams
  • Out of the Woods
  • Shake It Off

 

The surprises didn’t end there as Ed Sheeran becomes the first ever guest to the 1989 World Tour! They performed Ed’s “Tenerife Sea”.

As always, expect social media to be buzzing this Friday, as well as on Sunday where Taylor premieres “Bad Blood” at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Stay for the show, she’s got 14 nominations.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.
  • May 27: Elizabeth Huett‘s Birthday.
  • May 30: The 1989 World Tour – Detroit, MI – Ford Field.

(Sources:Taylor Talk, @TSwiftOnTour, Taylor Swift)

The BRIT Awards 2015: Blank Space and the International Female Solo Artist

(Photo: Getty Images)
(Photo: Getty Images)

I get drunk on jealousy, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who sneaked a peek at the BRIT Awards 2015 just to see Taylor perform, we think she rocked. The Princess in Red also accepted her first BRIT award as International Female Solo Artist. You can tell she was excited, because she repeated it was her first like three times.

“Oh my god, wow,” said T-Swizzle. “I’ve been coming to England and playing shows for eight years and this is my first Brit Award, I’m so happy.” She was quick to thank and search for Ed Sheeran,who won Best British Male, for “taking me to pubs and showing me how to make a proper cup of tea.”

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone opened the show with “Blank Space”.

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She would later return to the stage to accept the International Female Solo Artist award from her friend Ellie Goulding.

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Bonus! Here she is getting interviewed at the press room backstage after winning.

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Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: BRIT Awards 2015)

The BRIT Awards 2015 Swiftlist: What you need to know tonight/today/now

Nice to meet you, where you been, Taylor Nation?

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s going to hush up and put up the link, we’re excited for the BRIT Awards 2015. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for International Female Solo Artist. She’s scheduled to perform “Blank Space” on the show. Which you can watch. Right here. The show starts at 8pm GMT (UK). That is 3pm EST (New York) and 12pm noon PST (Los Angeles).

Note: The show is now over. If it becomes available officially, we will post it here 🙂

Yes, this starts in about one and a half hours from when I’m writing this. If you’re at work like me, I feel your pain. Good luck, Tay 🙂

(Source: BRIT Awards 2015 via Twitter)
(Source: BRIT Awards 2015 via Twitter)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: BRIT Awards 2015)

Tay in the UK! KISS FM! Taylor and Ed on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show!

Fundon time, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s going to be late to everything this morning, we’re just going to let you have the interviews and can the puns. Taylor confirmed with KISS FM that she will perform “Blank Space” at the BRITs.

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The Sparkly Dressed joined Ed Sheeran with a lovely chat with Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Taylor reveals the story behind that bikini picture with the Haim sisters, her love of Beyonce and then Tay and Ed play a friendly quiz game.

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Big shoutout to ohsoswiftly for sharing 🙂

Update! Here’s Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift on video. Big shoutout to VideoSwift for the clip.

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Oh, and here’s the tweet that Ed posted on T’s phone.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone will be performing “Blank Space” on the BRIT Awards 2015 on February 25. She is nominated for International Female Solo Artist.

(Source: BBC Radio 1)
(Source: BBC Radio 1)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: KISS FMBBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show)