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Ed Sheeran Explains Why He Doesn't Want To Perform At The Super Bowl

19 August 2023 | 9:47 am | Mary Varvaris

The revelation arrives as Ed Sheeran teases a potential new album's release for next week.

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Despite his massive fame and love for sports, Ed Sheeran has revealed that he’s not interested in following Rihanna’s footsteps and leading a Super Bowl halftime entertainment slot. However, his thought comes with a catch – he’d accept the invite if the opportunity to share the stage presented itself.

“I don’t think anyone wants to see me do the Super Bowl,” Sheeran said in a Sirius XM interview with Andy Cohen when asked if he’d ever consider performing at America’s biggest sports-meets-music event, per Billboard.

Admitting that he’d only take that stage “as a guest”, Sheeran told Cohen that he was in consideration when Coldplay hosted the celebration in February 2016.

“There was a conversation a while ago — I think it was when Coldplay did it — of me going up to play Thinking Out Loud. I think that would be the only way I’d do it is if I was joining someone else,” he said.

Ultimately, though, Sheeran doesn’t think he has what it takes to headline the Super Bowl entertainment slot. “You watch Prince; you watch Michael Jackson; you watch Katy Perry; you watch Lady Gaga; you watch Rihanna; you watch Beyoncé — you watch all these amazing performers. I’m just not that,” he admitted.

“I’m not going to have dancers on stage; I’m not going to have fireworks on stage like The Weeknd. That’s not me.” You can watch Sheeran’s interview below.

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The chat arrived with another revelation: that Sheeran was working on another album – the rumoured Autumn? – before – (Subtract) took its place.

NME reports that after recently sharing the cheeky “Autumn is coming” post on Instagram, Sheeran provided a satirical infomercial phone number that was advertising “damper hampers”.

If you call +1 917 909 4498, you will hear a message taking you to Gingerbread Man Records, which teased that new stock would be coming on Thursday, 24 August. Is new music incoming?

“It’s an album about autumn. I kind of have no expectations for it,” Sheeran explained in the Sirius XM interview.

He continued, “I made it whilst — there was the album I was trying to make, and then ‘–’ (‘Subtract’) happened. So I finished over the last year.”

Sheeran dropped his latest album, Subtract, just a few months ago. The album arrived after the hitmaker’s successful court case defending allegations of plagiarism in what was seen as a landmark verdict.