Ed Sheeran

LadBaby aim for Christmas chart record - with help from Ed Sheeran and Elton John

YouTube stars Mark and Roxanne Hoyle have raised money for the Trussell Trust food bank charity with their sausage roll-themed singles since 2018.

This year's attempt is a cheeky version of Ed and Elton's Merry Christmas, called Sausage Rolls For Everyone.

LadBaby could overtake the Spice Girls and Beatles as the act with the most consecutive Christmas number ones.

The Beatles had three in a row in the 1960s and the Spice Girls achieved the same feat in the 90s, with LadBaby matching the record over the past three years.

Ed and Elton reveal their Christmas chart contender

Titled Merry Christmas, it's a bittersweet track that celebrates the season while remembering "the ones who have gone" in a painful year.

Complete with sleigh bells, ding-dongs and celestial choirs, it is one of three songs the stars wrote after Sir Elton pitched the idea last Christmas.

But the duo face stiff competition in the charts from Adele and LadBaby.

(Scroll down to read more about this year's contenders)

MTV EMAs: Ed Sheeran and BTS win in Hungary as LGBT community shines

Sheeran, who opened the ceremony on Sunday, won best artist and best song for Bad Habits.

BTS picked up four awards including best pop and best group.

Rapper Saweetie called for tolerance as she hosted the event in the Hungarian capital amid controversy over recent anti-LGBT legislation in the country.

The US star insisted it is "always important we respect each other", as she relaxed on a chaise longue wearing a bikini in a mock spa location - a reference to Budapest's spa culture.

Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid-19

The chart-topping musician said in a post on his Instagram page that he would continue to give planned interviews and performances from home.

Sheeran, who lives near Framlingham in Suffolk, said: "Apologies to anyone I've let down, be safe everyone x."

Last week he performed in London as part of the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In his post, Sheeran said: "Hey guys, quick note to tell you that I've sadly tested positive for Covid, so I'm now self-isolating and following government guidelines.

Ed Sheeran to give free concert to 700 fans in Coventry

Sheeran will perform to 700 fans, aged over 18, to mark the "grand opening" of HMV Empire in Hertford Street.

The concert on 25 August is also part of celebrations for the company's centenary with tickets to be issued in a free draw.

The venue has moved from Far Gosford Street and undergone a £500,000 redevelopment.

Sheeran said: "HMV is a store that I spent a lot of time in growing up and a place where I discovered lots of new music, so I'm looking forward to celebrating this milestone with them."

Ed Sheeran signs guitar made from Ipswich Town steel

Ipswich Town's electrician, Christopher Rush, made it using conduit tubing that was due to be sent for scrap.

Town fan Sheeran wrote "play this guitar, love from Ed" on the instrument when he played his live-streamed gig at the Portman Road stadium last month.

It was hoped the sale of the guitar would raise funds for the club's Community Trust.


Photo BBC/Shelly Rush 


Ed Sheeran: Fatherhood made me change my bad habits

"As soon as Cherry told me she was pregnant, life shifted, in terms of work and health and what I was putting into my body, be it food or alcohol," he told BBC Radio 1's Greg James.

"I started exercising more and my routine became a bit more healthy."

The star also changed his work habits, working "nine to five" instead of finishing recording sessions at 2am.

"It actually freaks out producers," he said. "I was in Los Angeles working with these producers that usually start working at 6pm and finish at 6am with people like Post Malone and Dua [Lipa].

TikTok Euro 2020 concert to feature Ed Sheeran at Ipswich Town ground

The concert will be staged at Portman Road on 25 June and streamed on the singer's TikTok channel.

Sheeran, who will perform his forthcoming new single, announced the gig in a video featuring David Beckham.

The Suffolk singer, who supports Ipswich and sponsors the team's shirts, said: "Can't wait to be live from Portman Road. It's a place I love."

He added: "I'm looking forward to performing some fan faves as well as my new track for the first time. See you on the 25 June."

The concert will be part of TikTok's UEFA Euro 2020 Show.


Ed Sheeran: Daughter 'not my biggest fan', star says

The singer-songwriter and his wife Cherry, who live in Suffolk, confirmed the birth of their first child in September.

He said Lyra was "not my biggest fan", although she does like the odd song.

"She really likes Shape Of You, the marimba sound is good, but she doesn't like anything loud or anything belty," he said.

The couple said they were on "cloud nine" shortly after announcing the arrival of their first child, who they named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.


Ed Sheeran to sponsor Ipswich Town's shirts

The singer, who lives in Suffolk and is a Tractor Boys fan, has signed a one-year deal to sponsor the shirts of the men's and women's first-teams.

The mysterious logo on the shirts features mathematical symbols and the word "tour".

Sheeran said: "The football club is a big part of the local community and this is my way of showing my support."

He added: "I have always enjoyed my trips to Portman Road and I'm looking forward to going back there as soon as supporters are allowed into stadiums again.