I only really listen to Ed Sheeran when his songs are on the radio. If I have to choose, I prefer his upbeat pop songs rather than his sad love ballads. Like, listening to his ballads makes me cringe, and I’m not anti-ballad in anyway. I love Adele, I love a good heart-wrenching ballad or bittersweet love song. But I just prefer Ed Sheeran when he’s singing about other sh-t, honestly. Still, he loves his cringeworthy ballads, and he just released a new single, “Perfect,” which sounds like all of the rest of his ballads. Only this one has some guest vocals by Beyonce. Bey and Ed are friendly in the sense that they hang out occasionally and she’s deigned to work with him a few times. Here’s “Perfect,” featuring Beyonce, which was released last week:
I’m not into it, even with Beyonce. This was playing on the radio all weekend and I changed the channel every single time too, so it’s not even a good car song. That’s not the point though – this is the slow-dance song at Christmas parties. Blah. Anyway, Ed Sheeran talked about how he managed to get Beyonce to agree to this. Apparently, it involved secret email addresses and Beyonce completely reworking the song.
Getting a hold of Beyonce isn’t easy, but Ed Sheeran managed to do it. ET’s Keltie Knight caught up with the 26-year-old singer at KIIS-FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball presented by Capital One at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Friday, where he revealed how he was able to snag the superstar for a duet.
“I have an email address I email [to get in touch with Beyonce],” Sheeran revealed, adding that the singer’s email address “actually changes every week.” “So I emailed that and we got on the phone, and it’s been in the works since May.”
“Obviously she had twins [in June], and we finished [the song] in September, so I’ve been holding onto it since then,” he continued of “Perfect,” which was released on Thursday.
According to Sheeran, Bey recorded the song in just one take — and even had input on the track’s instrumentals.
“The original version of ‘Perfect’ was just an acoustic guitar and she rung me up and was like, ‘I don’t know how you feel about this but I’ve taken all the instruments off it and it’s just gonna be acoustic guitar,’ and I was like, ‘Ah that’s great, because it used to be that!’” he revealed. “Then when we got in together, it wasn’t so much notes, it was very much like a back and forth thing, like, ‘What’d you think of this?’ Or ‘What do you think of this?’ and [we were] probably in the studio for four hours. She was just like, ‘Right!’ Went in, one take, came out, like, ‘Yeah, that sounds alright!’”
The subtext here cracks me up – Beyonce is a notorious perfectionist and micromanager, and for Beyonce to just spend a few hours in the studio and then just hammer out the single in one take… it sounds like this was just something she did for fun, because she had an afternoon off. Like, does Bey really give a sh-t about Ed Sheeran or this song? Or was she like, “oh, I have a hole in my schedule that afternoon, let me just go into the studio, sing this song one time and forget about it.” It will probably be the #1 song over Christmas.
Also: she changes her email every week? How does that even work??
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