What an unbelievably unfortunate turn of events for one of Britain’s national treasures and no doubt one of 2017’s hottest acts. After dominating the charts with his latest album ‘Divide’ and subsequently hogging the entire top 40 singles chart with every song he’s ever recorded, headlining Glastonbury festival and appearing in Game of Thrones, it’s safe to say that this year has been particularly kind to Ed Sheeran. We’ve reported here at previously about the effect the streaming service has affected the charts and made them almost redundant and we’ve spoke about how the same old names keep cropping up, often just in different formations as one “collaborates” with another and they feature on each others tracks until they all get to number one and break the internet and all sorts of other great 2017 based things. Ed’s named came up a few times and when you’re enjoying that much success, of course you’re name will be mentioned in conversations such as these.

Unfortunately, the year appears to have taken a dramatic turn and he’s been involved in a collision with a car whilst riding his bike, leaving him with a fractured right wrist and a fractured left album. As we saw this morning, Sheeran appeared at last nights Q Awards and the footage of him with a cast on one arm and a sling on the other is enough to break anyone’s heart, no matter your opinion of him as an artist. Looking dejected, he posed for photos with fans and even picked up an award for ‘Best Act In The World’ which is a hell of an accolade if you take these award ceremonies seriously. 

However, it must be said that this is an awful thing to have to go through and we wish Ed al the best in his recovery. As a musician, especially one that is renowned for his creative and endless talents on the guitar, his livelihood has been put on hold here and as he looked to embark on an international tour, which of course has now been postponed. Good luck Ed, your Glastonbury performance won me over as a fan, but as a human on a personal level, we wish you all the best.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)


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