Ellie Goulding is ready for her close-up on the gorgeous new April 2016 cover of Seventeen magazine, on newsstands March 15.
The 29-year-old British singer opened up to the glossy about dating Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran. Check it:
On being an inspiration: “I don’t want girls to get to my age and feel like they’re not pretty enough, not thin enough, or they’re not good enough for something or someone. I’m naturally compassionate—that’s something I really like about myself. I always consider other people before myself, and I think that’s what I try to do with my music. I want to write lyrics that girls can relate to. I’m a girl; I know how hard it is… If girls are anything like me when I was a teenager, then I want them to know everything is going to be okay.”
On going out with Niall: “We’re still friends. We went on a few dates, and it was really fun. He’s a really, really lovely guy. He’s got the biggest sense of humor, he’s very caring, and I see him as a genuine friend in the industry.”
On whether she has dated Ed and if “On My Mind” is about him: “We’ve known each other for a few years. I think he’s a really nice guy and a brilliant musician. We’ve bumped into each other and we’ve hung out and stuff, but the thing is if I hang out with someone, it’s instantly like I’m ‘dating’ them. We were never in a relationship. My song is not about him.”
The 26-year-old “Out of the Woods” singer posted a message for him on Instagram.
“Looking back on the highlights of my life, there’s a moment I’ll never forget from a day in London about two years ago,” Taylor wrote. “I was in town to play the O2 and I was out shopping on my day off. My friend Ed Sheeran met up with me in this little shop where I was buying ballet shoes. He walks in and says ‘you have to hear this new song. I think it’s the best one I’ve ever written.’ And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard ‘Thinking Out Loud’ for the first time, as little kids were picking out tutus and leotards next to us.”
She continued, “Little did we know it would go on to be first dance song at countless weddings all over the world, become Ed‘s biggest hit, and eventually go on to win him Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Ed and I had been on tour together all year on the Red Tour and we saw each other almost every day. I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me. It happened so often that it became normal, and I don’t think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don’t think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it’s his 25th birthday today, so I’m saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed.”
“And an extra congratulations to the incredible Amy Wadge on your two Grammys,” Taylor added for the co-writer of the track.
Grammy Award Winner is now a title that Ed Sheeran will have for the rest of his life after picking up two awards so far at the 2016 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on Monday (February 15) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old singer won one of the night’s biggest awards, Song of the Year, for his smash hit single “Thinking Out Loud” and it wasn’t his first win of the night.
Ed also won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for the same song, which he accepted during the pre-show.
While Taylor Swift lost to Ed, she couldn’t be more excited to see him win!
The band just dropped the cover, featuring Holly Campbell-Smith, who won the PMJ vocalist contest.
“A few months ago, we launched a #PMJsearch contest in which aspiring PMJ vocalists could send their own versions of our vintage remakes, with a winner selected to record a video with us in LA. Here’s the winner, Holly Campbell-Smith, performing a swing version of Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – which also happens to be her wedding song,” the band wrote in the notes section.
Listen and watch below!
Thinking Out Loud – Vintage Swing Ed Sheeran Cover ft. Holly Campbell-Smith
“I’m gonna pick Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran – It’s a personal song for me,” Harry told BBC Radio 1. “A couple of Christmases ago I actually bought Ed a guitar for Christmas. And this was one of the first songs that he wrote on it, so it’s one of my favorite Ed Sheeran songs.”
Ed Sheeran checks out his plaque after receiving the RIAA 2X multi-Platinum award for X earlier in the week.
The 24-year-old musician was joined by RIAA’s EVP of Communications and Marketing Jonathan Lamy and Director of Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, Liz Kennedy at the event.
X is just one of only four albums released since 2014 to achieve RIAA multi-Platinum status, and this also marks Ed’s first multi-Platinum album. The other three are Taylor Swift’s 1989, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, and Adele’s 25.
The 2x Multi-Platinum record commemorates sales of 2 million in the United States alone.
Ed Sheeran won’t be tweeting or posting on Instagram anytime soon.
The 24-year-old “Thinking Out Loud” singer announced that he’s taking a break from social media for a while.
“I’m taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while,” Ed wrote on Instagram. “I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.”
Ed continued, “To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing.”