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Ed Sheeran has announced he quits Twitter after receiving a stream of abuse.

The 26-year-old singer told The Sun: “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it.

“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.”

Ed Sheeran, who has 19 million followers on Twitter, says he will keep the account open, but it will only share automatic updates from his Instagram page from now on.

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A quick scan of Twitter finds a number of negative – although not necessarily abusive – comments directed towards Ed Sheeran.

Most recently, Ed Sheeran had to defend himself against accusations of using a backing track during his headline set at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Glastonbury 2017: Ed Sheeran Closes Festival at Pyramid Stage

Ed Sheeran uses a loop pedal during his performances, which allows him to record his vocal and guitar lines, creating a layered, looped accompaniment live, on the spot.

In his last personally-authored tweet, Ed Sheeran sounded exasperated by the accusations.

“Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station, not a backing track. Please google,” the star wrote.

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Other users took aim at Ed Sheeran’s televised Glastonbury show after he suffered guitar problems during the song Bloodstream.

Speaking to The Sun, the singer said he had “been trying to work out why people dislike me so much” but the simple answer is that he’s the victim of his own success.

Ed Sheeran’s third album ÷ (Divide) is the year’s biggest-seller, dominating the charts and radio around the world.


Ed Sheeran has closed this year’s Glastonbury Festival at the Pyramid Stage, just six years after his debut at one of the festival’s smallest venues.

In 2011, Ed Sheeran played the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, playing “to about 500 people”.

On June 25, he closed the festival, attracting a much younger audience than Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

Ed Sheeran, 26, admitted he was “very nervous but very excited” to be there.

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“For those of you who haven’t seen one of my shows before or haven’t heard one of my songs, please pretend that you know them,” the singer told the audience.

“For those of you who have, please sing all of the words.”

He added: “The aim of tonight is to lose our voices.

“I’m going to lose mine as well.”

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The audience took Ed Sheeran up on the challenge; joining in wistfully as he sang the ballads Photograph and Thinking Out Loud.

They didn’t quite keep up, however, with the spittle-flecked Take It Back – a whirlwind of wordplay in which Ed Sheeran declared: “I’m not a rapper, I’m a singer with a flow.”

Ed Sheeran played, as he usually does, without a band; using a loop pedal to layer his vocal and guitar lines and create a backing track live, on the spot.

He also invited traditional Irish band Beoga on stage to accompany him on Nancy Mulligan, a song about his paternal grandmother.

It was a moment that reeked of cheese but, watched from the side of the stage by his grandfather, Ed Sheeran made it seem genuine.

This year saw more pop and grime acts than ever, from Charli XCX to Katy Perry; from Wiley to Stormzy.

On June 25, the festival also saw sets from Royal Blood, Courteeners, Foo Fighters, The Jacksons, Radiohead and The Killers – who played a secret show on the John Peel stage on Sunday evening.


Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard are suing Ed Sheeran for $20 million over his single Photograph.

The California-based musicians claim the track has a similar structure to one of their songs.

They allege Ed Sheeran’s ballad, released as a single in 2015, has the same musical composition to their song Amazing.

Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard say they wrote their track in 2009.

In court documents, that include musical note comparison and chord breakdowns of the two songs, the musicians claim the chorus of Photograph shares 39 identical notes with Amazing.

They say the similarities are “instantly recognizable to the ordinary observer”.

The court documents say that Photograph has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.Ed Sheeran sings with Sesame Street gang

It says it also features prominently in Hollywood drama Me Before You, released last week, as well as trailers for the movie.

Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard’s song Amazing was adapted into a single of the same name for Matt Cardle, the winner of The X Factor in 2010.

Matt Cardle’s version of the track has more than one million views on YouTube, while Ed Sheeran’s music video for Photograph has 208 million.

Documents in the copyright infringement case were filed on June 8 at LA’s federal court in the Central District of California.

Other named defendants being sued include Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, who is credited as a co-writer on Photograph, as well as various divisions of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and its subsidiary, Atlantic Recording Corporation.

Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, and their publishing company HaloSongs, want a trial and damages of more than $20 million, as well as royalties from the song.

They are using the same lawyers who won a case for the family of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye.

They successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement last year over their single Blurred Lines, winning a $7.4 million settlement.

Photograph was the fifth single from Ed Sheeran’s 2014 album x (pronounced multiply).

The court documents say Ed Sheeran had called the song “the one that will change (his), kind of, career path”.

The singer has written and co-written tracks for artists like One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

British songwriter Martin Harrington has written tracks for Emma Bunton (What Took You So Long), 5ive (Let’s Dance) and Kylie Minogue (Love at First Sight) as well as working with Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Westlife, Busted, Atomic Kitten and Blue.

Thomas Leonard’s writing credits include Safe Place to Hide by Backstreet Boys as well as songs by Zero 7 and Echosmith.


MTV European Music Awards Milan 2015 – full list of winners:

Best song – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar: Bad Blood

Best pop – One Direction

Best female – Rihanna

Best male – Justin Bieber

Best live act – Ed Sheeran

Best new act – Shawn Mendes

Best video – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: DowntownMTV EMA Milan 2015 winners

Best rock – Coldplay

Best alternative – Lana Del Rey

Best hip-hop – Nicki Minaj

Best electronic – Martin Garrix

Best push – Shawn Mendes

Best collaboration – Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo: Where Are You Now?

Best look – Justin Bieber

Biggest fans – Justin Bieber

Best world stage – Ed Sheeran V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

Video Visionary Award – Duran Duran

Worldwide act: North America – Justin Bieber

Worldwide act: Australia and New Zealand – 5 Seconds of Summer

Worldwide act: Latin America – Anitta

Worldwide act: Europe – Marco Mengoni

Worldwide act: Africa/India – Diamond Platnumz

Worldwide act: Asia – Jane Zhang


Pop star Justin Bieber was the big winner at MTV’s European Music Awards (EMAs) scooping five awards.

Justin Bieber won best male, best North American act, best collaboration for Where Are You Now?, with Skrillex and Diplo, biggest fans and best look.

Accepting his best male award, Justin Bieber said: “It’s been a long couple of years, um, I just feel like this is pretty awesome to be recognized for my music.”

He has had a number of legal run-ins, including being arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence.

One Direction won the prize for best pop, Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood won best song and Rihanna was named best female.Justin Bieber MTV EMA Milan 2015

Ed Sheeran hosted the ceremony at Mediolanum Forum in Milan on October 25 – and took home the prize for best live act.

He also won the best world stage award for his performance at last year’s V Festival.

Duran Duran members were honored with the inaugural MTV Video Visionary Award.

“When we started there was us and MTV and we blazed a trail and we were there for each other,” said Simon Le Bon as he collected the award.

A surprise winner in the best video category was hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

“I had no idea we were going to win an award,” said Macklemore.

“We’re not on a major label; we don’t have a big budget. What you guys give to us, we give back to you in the art we make.”


Ed Sheeran joined Sesame Street gang a song to perform an educational song.

The 24-year-old singer filmed the program back in October 2013, but it has taken until now for bosses to unveil his performance of Two Different Worlds with Elmo, Grover and the gang.

The pop song teaches children about the different rules for when talking at home or in school.Ed Sheeran sings with Sesame Street gang

The lyrics are: “At home I can speak whenever I please. I can talk real loud and shoot the breeze.

“At school I raise my hand in the air when there’s something that I want to share.”

The Muppets sing along with Ed Sheeran as he plays his guitar.

Announcing its release Ed Sheeran posted the video on his Twitter page before adding: “Filmed that a long time ago, happy it’s finally out.”

The two minute 49 second video had been viewed more than 290,000 times on YouTube.

Last month, whilst on tour in Australia, Ed Sheeran also filmed an appearance, playing himself, in the Australian soap Home and Away.

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Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honors, winning two prizes each at last night’s BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena.

Ed Sheeran scooped the night’s main prize, album of the year, for his record X – which was the best-selling record of 2014 in the UK.

He also won best British male, while Sam Smith took home best breakthrough artist and the global success award – recognizing album sales outside the UK.

Earlier, Taylor Swift opened proceedings, playing her hit single Blank Space surrounded by dancers in white suits and bowler hats.

She went on to win best international female, her first award after eight years of releasing records in the UK.

Taylor Swift star dedicated her award to Ed Sheeran, a close friend, who fanned the flames of her love affair with the UK by “taking me to pubs and showing me how to make a proper cup of tea”.Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith win top prizes at BRIT Awards 2015

Both acknowledged their slow-building success in their speeches.

Paloma Faith won best British female, and also alluded to her slow-building career.

She revealed she’d “been arrested twice” for fly posting in Hackney when she was a young artist, but could now see her face on posters at the tube station outside the venue.

Paloma Faith’s third album, A Perfect Contradiction, was the biggest-selling female record in the last year, shifting more than 725,000 copies.

She also gave one of the night’s more elaborate performances, singing Only Love Can Hurt Like This under a streaming waterfall.

Mark Ronson won best single for Uptown Funk, while rock duo Royal Blood were presented with best British Group by rock legend Jimmy Page.

The band also performed at the show, alongside George Ezra and Kanye West, who premiered a new song All Day, which had to be heavily censored by ITV.

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The 2015 Brit Awards – full list of winners at London’s O2 Arena ceremony.

British male solo artist:

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Damon Albarn

George Ezra

Paolo Nutini

Sam Smith

British female solo artist:

Winner: Paloma Faith

Ella Henderson

FKA Twigs

Jessie Ware

Lily Allen

British group:

Winner: Royal Blood


Clean Bandit


One Direction

British breakthrough act:

Winner: Sam Smith


FKA Twigs

George Ezra

Royal BloodBRIT Awards 2015 winners

Critics’ Choice:

Winner: James Bay

George the Poet

Years & Years

British single:

Winner: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Calvin Harris – Summer

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Rather Be

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ella Henderson – Ghost

George Ezra – Budapest

Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Sigma – Nobody to Love

British album of the year:

Winner: Ed Sheeran – X

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British artist video of the year:

Winner: One Direction – You and I

Calvin Harris – Summer

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Global success award:

Winner: Sam Smith

International male solo artist:

Winner: Pharrell Williams



Jack White

John Legend

International female solo artist:

Winner: Taylor Swift


Lana Del Rey


St Vincent

International group:

Winner: Foo Fighters

5 Seconds of Summer

The Black Keys

First Aid Kit

The War On Drugs

British producer of the year:

Winner: Paul Epworth

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory


Jake Gosling

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