THE RACE for the 2017 Christmas Number One is already underway with several artists tipped for snowy glory.Will it be an old favourite, a dead icon or a surprising newcomer that grabs the top spot? Here’s the low-down on all the contenders…Last year the artist that grabbed a tasty Christmas Number One was Clean Bandit.Their dance track Rockabye was reigning at the top of the chart for six weeks before taking the title in it seventh.It beat Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s soulful track Human and Louis Tomlinson’s Just Hold On, also a dance hit.Does that mean the public has an appetite for dance at Christmas? And who is tipped to take the title in 2017? Here are the artists and the odds on Paddy Power…Ed Sheeran (1/2)He may have sold gazillions of records but Ed has never bagged Christmas Number One. Is it now his time?X Factor winner (5/1)Whoever manages to win The X Factor usually has a sturdy chance of bagging a Number One at Christmas but the last time … [Read more...] about Who will be Christmas 2017 UK number one? Latest odds on who will top the charts, from Ed Sheeran to Wham!
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The X Factor finalist Grace Davies said she already felt like a winner after getting the approval of Ed Sheeran. Multi-award-winner Ed, 26, chatted with Grace backstage after he appeared on the show last week, just as she was waiting to hear whether she had made it to tomorrow night’s showcase. Grace, 19, said: “He stopped me backstage and said: ‘You’re really good, keep smashing it, your songs are cracking’. I was hyperventilating! “It was just before I was going back on stage to see if I was through to the final. I couldn’t believe it. I would love to collaborate with him one day.” Her original songs have made her one of the show’s stand-out stars. Bookies have put her at 3/1 to win, behind Rak-Su at 2/5 but ahead of Kevin Davy White at 6/1. She said her fears over the final had died down and she will “absolutely not” return to her job packing CDs in a warehouse in her home town of Blackburn. She said: … [Read more...] about X Factor’s Grace Davies already feeling like a winner after praise from Ed Sheeran
THE Script have told how they ‘haven’t had time’ to collaborate with Ed Sheeran after star asked them to come to studio.The Dublin band – consisting of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power – are currently in the process of realising a new album.Sheeran has asked the band several times to join him in the recording studio.But despite being unable to perform alongside Ed, the band said they are big fans of the English singer.Danny O’Donoghue told the Irish Mirror: “We aren’t much of a collaborating band and I would prefer to collaborate with a female.“It’s been great to watch Ed grow.“I remember he did a cover of one of our songs and came to see me on The Voice.“He’s always asked can we come down to the studio but we haven’t had time.”O’Donoghue added: “If the whole of England is looking to Ed Sheeran, then that is tough s*** really.“If that is what the chart is … [Read more...] about The Script reveal they ‘haven’t had time’ to collaborate with Ed Sheeran after star asked them to come to studio
ED Sheeran has left Irish fans thrilled after announcing seven dates for his European and UK stadium tour this morning.The pop superstar revealed he will play in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast next year.He’ll kick off his Irish concerts at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork on May 4 and 5 before heading to the Boucher Playing Fields in Belfast on May 9.The A Team hitmaker will also wow crowds at Galway’s Pearse Stadium on May 12 and 13.And Ed will finish off his tour around the country at Dublin’s Phoenix Park on May 16 and 18.Tickets for the gigs go on sale on Saturday, July 8 at 9am.Fans will be required to bring identification with them to the shows.An Aiken Promotions spokesman said: “Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit.“On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid – this means no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off.“On all the stadium dates you will be … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran announces gigs in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast as part of European and UK stadium tour next year
TAYLOR Swift is arguably the world's biggest pop star and has the bank account to prove it.The Blank Space star also has a wealth of showbiz friends and ex-boyfriends under her belt.Taylor Swift is global megastar singer-songwriter.She was born on 13 December 1989 in Pennsylvania, AmericaShe moved to Nashville at the age of 14 to pursue a country music career, and the rest is history.Taylor is known for songs like Shake It Off, Blank Space, Trouble and Love stories, as well as albums Fearless, Red and 1989.She has sold millions of albums and singles across the globa and is a worldwide superstarForbes have estimated Taylor's net worth as being a staggering $250 million, just under £200 million.The Grammy Award winner travelled the world on her 1989 tour over the past year earning her a quarter of a billion dollars last year.The singer also has multiple sponsorship deals with brands including Elizabeth Arden, Target, Diet Coke, Keds and Apple which help pad her income.Taylor … [Read more...] about What is Taylor Swift’s net worth, is she friends with Ed Sheeran, when did she break up with Tom Hiddleston and how old is she?
THE woman behind Ed Sheeran’s catchy new tune Galway Girl has been revealed as talented musician Niamh Dunne from Co Limerick.The UK singer tells in the song how “she plays the fiddle in an Irish band” and how he met her “on Grafton Street right outside the bar”.And the newly-married lady, who is a member of Irish folk music group Beoga, has squashed rumours about her having an affair with the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker.Asked if they had an affair, she laughed to Breakfast Republic on RTE 2FM: “No I didn’t. “I am just back from my honeymoon, so I can safely say I married an Irishman – 100 per cent.”Limerick woman Niamh told how the collaboration between her band Beoga and Ed Sheeran began.She said: “I am in a band called Beoga and we actually co-wrote the song with Ed. “So we were over in Suffolk last year recording with him so that was kind of when the song came together and I suppose I was in front of him so he … [Read more...] about Meet Ed Sheeran’s mystery Galway Girl – after she’s revealed as married woman Niamh Dunne from Co Limerick
ED Sheeran pocketed £14million in 2016 despite not touring, figures show.The singer, 25, got £8,845,000 after closing his company Nathan Cable Limited.The liquidator says that Sheeran is likely to get a further £311,000 shortly when HMRC give him a VAT tax refund.The company had assets of £13.2 million when it was closed, but this was reduced with big bills for corporation tax of £1.6 million, management fees of £1.5 million and other costs.The remainder was paid to Sheeran who is the company’s sole shareholder and director.The liquidator stated "I have made the following distributions to the sole shareholder" in three payments of £8.1 million, £500,000 and £245,000.As if that was not enough Sheeran also filed account for his company Nathan Cable Touring Limited which saw his cash reserves leap to almost £5 million from £147,000.In October he filed accounts for his company Ed Sheeran Limited which showed he had turnover … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran made a whopping £14 million in 2016 despite not touring
ED Sheeran has returned to Twitter exactly one year since his last tweet - sending his fans into meltdown.The Thinking Out Loud singer last posted at 10.29pm on December 12 2015, and on Monday night, at exactly the same time, he posted his first message in 12 months. However, the nature of his post is what really got fans talking, as it consisted of just a pale blue square the same shade as the Twitter logo.The singer had also changed his profile picture to the blue box, and his fans were quick to reply to share their delight at his return.One Twitter user wrote: "welcome back GEEZE TOOK LONG ENOUGH" while another added: "at the same day, hour and minute omg I'm so proud".A third simply wrote: "I CANT WAIT FOR WHATEVER IT IS" while another went to the extreme, writing: "AND JUST ON TIME TO SAVE 2016".Some fans immediately assumed the blue box was a clue about Ed's next album, which would be a follow up to his 2014 smash hit X.One wrote: "OK the album will be blue... what … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran shares his first tweet in exactly a year and fans go into meltdown speculating what it means
ED Sheeran has returned to the spotlight after vowing to “take a long break” by surprising fans at Little Mix's concert in Italy.The musician caused mayhem after unexpectedly arriving at their Get Weird show on Sunday with girlfriend Cherry Seaborn and watching from the side of stage.Ed announced his decision to take a break from the showbiz world and to disappear for a while in November 2015.Following a gruelling 179 date world tour, he wrote: “Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. 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.“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 mud thus far. See you all … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran returns to the spotlight as he’s pictured with Little Mix following gap year
Ed Sheeran, 26, regularly sells out stadiums and is one of the best-earning, most renowned pop stars worldwide. But there were times when the young musician led a less glamorous life. In his early career, after playing a gig for a handful of people, there were times when he would sleep on the London Underground or even spend nights on heating vent outside Buckingham Palace. His is the classic "rags to riches" story. At age 16, Sheeran dropped out of school and left his home in the quiet town of Framlingham in Suffolk for London, where he signed up for classes at a music school and toured the city's pubs. Couch surfer For two-and-a-half years, he slept on a succession of sofas, played up to 300 gigs every year and took writing classes during the day. He was never really homeless, he says in his 2014 book "A Visual Journey." He was having a good time, but didn't live in the cold streets, he says, arguing that he spent most nights playing in pubs. The few nights he really did … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran: Pop star from the streets of London