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Sir Elton John Says He's Sick Of Hearing Ed Sheeran's Songs

Sir Elton John Says He's Sick Of Hearing Ed Sheeran's Songs

The Grande Dame of British pop told Ed: 'You have a heyday and you have a rest, and the heyday can never be replaced'

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

At the minute it seems as if Ed Sheeran is set to dominate the album, singles, and radio play charts basically until the end of the world - which, depending on whether you're a fan, is either excellent news or a sign that the apocalypse cannot come soon enough.

However, if Ed ever finds himself unsure as to the next step in his career, he can always look to his friend and fellow singer/songwriter Sir Elton John for some salty, but sage, words of advice.

Sir Elton recently appeared on George Ezra's podcast (is there a club where all of the singer/songwriters meet up?) and spoke about the fleeting nature of fame.

He implied that Ed should count his blessings while he can, because although right now the 'Galway Girl' hitmaker could probably sell 50 million copies of himself mumbling incoherently on the bus home, one day he will have to be happy with whatever response he gets. Seems reasonable, to be honest.

The pop veteran said: "You have a heyday and you have a rest, and the heyday can never be replaced.

"After that I had the common sense to know I'm not going to have a number one every time straight away. I knew someone else would take over. It's cyclical.

"Ed will go through that and I've talked to him about it. I've said, 'There'll come a time where this won't happen every time and you have to accept that'."


Now, the pair are good mates. In fact, Ed performed the Grande Dame of British pop's song 'I'm Still Standing' once as a tribute to his mate.

However, there is a limit, and it appears that Sir Elton's has been reached - he admitted that he is now sick of hearing Ed's songs on repeat wherever he goes.

He continued: "On the [American radio] chart, which is the middle-of-the-road chart, Ed is still number one and 'Shape of You' is still in the chart.

"It's like, 'Why? How many times do you want to listen to these things?'"

Well, he might be sick of it, but clearly many people aren't.

Ed has released 18 singles, and 15 in collaboration with others. Of those, he's topped the charts 5 times in the UK, twice in the US, and had 22 top 10 hits across the two countries overall.

He's not resting on his laurels though. Sheeran spoke recently about how he is motivated by what he thinks is interesting rather than by commercial success.


After his last album Divide sold 18m copies, he said: "It's dangerous to have a career that goes bigger and bigger and bigger. At some point it's going to drop - so why not control the fall?

"The next record I'm making isn't a pop album and the reason is people expect the next album to be bigger.

"If I control it and say: 'Here's a low-flying record I fucking love', then my fans will be like, 'Yay!' and the pop world will be like, 'Well, maybe the next one'.

"No one will say, 'That's a flop'. It'll just be, 'That's what he wanted to do'.

"If it does 2m, 1m or 500,000, it's not a failure because I made an album where I'm not trying to get there."

Aye, let's just see what the record label says about that, eh?

It is not yet known whether Ed Sheeran is sick of hearing 'Your Song' or 'Candle in the Wind' yet.

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Topics: Grammys, Music, elton john, UK Entertainment, Ed Sheeran