Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron

The singer-songwriter spotted the prime minster in the crowd at a private gig

Jess Denham
Wednesday 01 October 2014 09:41
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Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September

Ed Sheeran has admitted dedicating a song to the prime minister at a private house party this summer.

The singer-songwriter, 23, said yesterday that David Cameron had “randomly” attended one of his recent gigs and outed himself as a fan.

Sheeran was performing hits including “I See Fire” when he spotted the Conservative Party leader in the corner, singing along and clearly knowing all the words.

“I looked up and he was there, just randomly,” he told fans at his Amazon Front Row event in London last night. “It wasn’t in that situation where you’re in a meet and greet at 10 Downing Street. It was fun, but someone stopped me and asked me to dedicate a song to the prime minster.”

No doubt Cameron would have been delighted by the choice. “All I had left to perform was “The A Team”, said Sheeran, according to the Daily Mail. “So I had to go with that and say, ‘this one’s for David’.”

Sheeran also revealed that he enjoys Britney Spears’ music and would consider writing a track for her.

“I wouldn’t be writing anything like “Work B****” though,” he joked. “More like “Everytime”. I’m a big Britney fan. I cook to her greatest hits.”

Earlier this year, Sheeran was scorned for topping BBC 1Xtra's Power List of the "most important UK artists in the black and urban music scene".

Critics accused the BBC of producing "the saddest list in music history" as three of its top four acts were white - Sheeran, Disclosure and Sam Smith.

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Sheeran is also nominated this year's MOBO Awards - in the Best Song category for "Sing", his hit with Pharrell Williams.

MOBO stands for Music of Black Origin and recognises artists of any ethnicity or nationality who create black or urban music.

Sheeran’s latest album, X, is one of the UK’s fastest and best-selling albums of the year so far.

Released in June, X spent eight consecutive weeks at number one – the same length of time as James Blunt’s Back to Bedlam in 2005 and the longest since Adele’s 21 in 2011.

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