Ed Sheeran performs a new sound at the ACM Awards
Singer Ed Sheeran explores other genres of music!
The “Perfect” hitmaker is known for her unique sound, often referred to as pop, and has topped numerous charts and received numerous awards, including four Grammys.
As much as she’s made her mark in the pop genre, the “Shape of You” singer recently expressed her goal to take her music career to another level, and she did it with flying colors at the recently concluded ACM Awards.
Ed Sheeran is bringing out a new sound he hopes to immerse himself in country music
The “Thinking Out Loud” singer put on a great show at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards, giving the crowd a fresh sound unlike his regulars. TThe British singer-songwriter performed his new song “Life Goes On” alongside country star Luke Combs.
Combs first performed his hit “Love You Anyway” from his “Gettin’ Old” album. When he finished, the camera panned to Sheeran playing guitar and singing ‘Subtract’ from his new album ‘Life Goes On’. Halfway through the acoustic cover, Combs joined him to harmonize the track.
This performance would be the first of many as Sheeran expressed his desire to delve into country music. Days before the Academy of Country Music Awards, Sheeran said Notice board about his intentions to explore country music.
Speaking to the news agency, the singer said: “I talk to my wife about this all the time. I would like to move to the country. I love your culture; I love songwriting. It’s like great songs.”
The “Happier” singer thinks she’s a big country fan. He also attributed his love of country music to his environment, having lived in Nashville twice for extended periods in 2013 and 2018.
In his words, “It’s like a community. There is no place in Europe that you can point to and say, “This is the land of songwriting.” This isn’t just for country music. Nashville is a hub of incredible songwriters and great artists. And I felt inspired by being there and being with everyone.”
Always expect the unexpected #ACMawards Our special guest @Ed Sheeran takes the stage with his new song “Life Goes On” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/CIw5AsGD2L
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) May 12, 2023
The singer also noted that Taylor Swift played a role in his love of country music. “I never really listened to country music when I was a kid. I was just on tour with Taylor’s Red and I was living in Nashville and he introduced me to that side of it.”
‘Perfect’ singer acquitted by jury in Marvin Gaye copyright lawsuit
The Grammy winner’s foray into the new genre comes days after he won a copyright lawsuit brought against him by the family of Marvin Gaye’s songwriting collaborator Ed Townsend.
The Blast reported that a federal court in Manhattan found Sheeran not guilty of using vital parts of Gaye’s famous 1970s song “Let’s Get It On” to create Thinking Out Loud.
The 32-year-old singer was in court for almost two weeks and admitted to the press after the verdict that the situation “made him bitter”. Sheeran said: “Looks like I don’t have to give up my day job after all”, referring to his promise to end his music career if the verdict is not in his favour.
He further explained that such “baseless claims” that prompted the copyright lawsuit “should absolutely not be allowed to go to court,” stressing that adverse outcomes limit the “creative freedom of songwriters.”
U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton presided over the copyright trial, emphasizing to the jury before deliberating that “An independent work is a complete protection, no matter how similar the song.”
The judge then told jurors that the plaintiff’s lawyers must “prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Sheeran did and did copy ‘Let’s Get It’,” apparently indicating to them that their decision would be based entirely on the case facts.
During the trial, the “Castle On the Hill” singer did her best to deny the allegations and point out some weaknesses in the plaintiff’s argument. The singer claimed that “a lot of the songs have similar chords” which makes it easy for him to mix them into his tunes, but that doesn’t mean he’s repeated the songs.
In the end, after much deliberation by both sides, the verdict was in Sheeran’s favor, making it the second copyright lawsuit he has won in two years.