Award-winning superstar Ed Sheeran recently announced he would be taking a break from music after two years of touring to fans dismay at a recent concert in England.
It’s official, our favourite ginger is taking a break from music. The 28-year-old recently wrapped up his 260th Divide tour show. With over nine million people attending across 2 years, It feels like a bittersweet end after his hiatus announcement in Ipswich, England.
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9 million people, 893 days, 46 countries, 175 cities, 260 shows, 268 touring crew, 193265 miles travelled, 2 broken arms, 3 marriages, 4 babies. What a wild ride this Divide tour has been. The whole process of writing the album starting in 2015, then recording it in 2016, promoting it, setting out on the road to play it for all of you guys. It’s so weird to put it to bed and move on. Thank you to everyone involved in this whole Divide process, all the people who helped make the album, all the people who helped promote the album, all the fans who listened and came to watch, this wouldn’t be possible without you. Most of all I want to thank my fantastic touring team, who have given up their lives for 2 and a half years to help me achieve my dreams. Thank you for all of your hard work and constant friendship. The Divide tour – 2017 -2019. Officially the biggest tour of all time, so weird to say that, and we survived it !
Ed addressed the crowd, “there is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.”
In the coming months, the ‘Shape of You’ hitmaker will be focused on some legal battles over his music. It all began when Sheeran was accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ on his 2014 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
It is reported that Structured Asset Sales (partial owners of the copyrights to Gaye’s music), is suing Sheeran for $US100 million ($A148 million).
This is not Ed’s first run in with copyright law. Musician Sam Chokri claims Sheeran stole the chorus to ‘Shape of You’ from his song ‘Oh Why’ after sending some music bites in an endeavour to work with the singer. In light of this, Sheeran has not been paid royalties from ‘Shape of You’ since the accusation.
During his final concert, Sheeran bid farewell to fans saying, “See you in a few years’ time.” Let’s hope all things are settled in court so we can get some more Ed Sheeran in our lives!
This article originally appeared in the NY Post.