Ed Sheeran is not only one of the busiest music stars, but also one of the most enjoyable.
I can tell the Bad Habits vocalist went out of his way to support Calum Scott ahead of the release of their second album, Bridges, out today.
The album contains an emotional cover of Greg Holden’s Boys In The Street, which prompted Ed to lend a helping hand.
Calum told me, “We released it to celebrate Pride Month and the response has been insane. Ed sneaked into the DM. He said that it made him better and that he thought it was so beautiful.
“It’s nice to get approval from people in the business. I met him briefly when I was on tour with Jamie Lawson – they are great friends. Ed is one of those people who remembers everyone.
“We texted back and forth and we talked about his kids and touring and he talked to me about my album. We’ve had a dialogue, but I just don’t want to push and see if we can work together. – this is not my character, although, obviously, I would like to.
“The same thing happened to [2021 single] biblical. Lewis Capaldi texted me unexpectedly. It helps me to feel confident that your colleges are welcome as such.”
On the album’s title track, he sings, “Do I want to live or do I want to die?” and said it documents his mental health battles. Calum explained, “My self-esteem and confidence was on the floor and I really struggled. I was wondering how I could keep feeling like this.”
And fans should expect tears when he tours the UK in October.
He added, “Honestly, there aren’t many concerts where I don’t cry — there are so many emotions in these songs.”
SELENA DISRESPECTS A COLD SHOULDER
SELENA GOMEZ admits she’s “very proud” of how she got through her breakup with Justin Bieber.
Singer The Hands To Myself she said, looking beautiful in that emerald green dress as she made her way to a TV studio in Los Angeles. “She had an on-and-off relationship with Justin for eight years before they broke up for good in 2018.
Discussing the five-year hiatus between her 2015 album Revival and 2020’s release Rare, she said, “I had to think a lot about myself.
“I was going through a very difficult breakup, and then the question arose in front of me about my career, where would I go and what would happen?
“And then I had lupus and some kidney problems. It was very hard. But being on the other side of that, I have to be honest, it was really good for me.
“It allowed me to develop a character where I don’t tolerate any disrespect and I’m really proud of how I came out of it.”
RINA SAWAYAMA’s popularity has skyrocketed over the past two years, but she admitted that Covid scared her own fans.
In an exclusive chat, she spoke about her time in lockdown: “Every day I woke up realizing how lucky I was, but sometimes I was so miserable sitting at home doing nothing.
“I consider myself very lucky that I can still make music. It was crazy because before my Sawayama album, I was almost unrecognizable.
“But when I came out of isolation, carrying with me the weight of coronavirus anxiety about meeting and hugging new people, I immediately went on tour and dated them.”
This week, she released a barn dance-inspired video for her single This Hell and said projects like these have helped her boost her confidence when meeting people.
Rina added, “I was trying to balance my anxiety and it’s silly, but about the fan meeting. This is something I really had to work on. Because of that, I didn’t like interactions that were actually great and special.
“I let it all go now because I am vaccinated and if it happens, it will happen. It was a weird, wild roller coaster.”
WAYNE GIG CO
LIL WAYNE has been forced to pull out of tomorrow’s Strawberries And Creem Festival in Cambridge after being banned from entering the UK.
The rapper canceled his performance for his first performance here in 14 years at the last minute when his visa application was denied due to previous convictions.
Instead, Ludacris will play a UK exclusive set alongside other artists including Mabel, Tion Wayne and Sub Focus.
Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison in 2010 after he admitted to possession of a gun.
Despite Donald Trump pardoning him on his last day as President of the United States, the Department of the Interior stuck to its rule of denying entry to anyone sentenced to a year or more in custody.
JUNIOR’S SLIDE ‘N’ GLORY
JUNIOR ANDRE took his first step following in the musical footsteps of his father Peter with the release of his debut single Slide.
Speaking about the song that came out today, he said, “Slide is about finding the girl that suits you. Someone I can rely on You’re willing to take risks for her because she’s different, but at the same time she doesn’t know exactly what she wants.”
Music is returning to Razorlight, who released their first single after a ten-year hiatus called Call Me Junior.
And P Diddy released a new song with Bryson Tiller called Gotta Move On.
A new Carl Cox album will be released later this year, and the legendary DJ has just announced his first headlining show at London’s Wembley Arena on September 17th to play his album in full.
Nick is back with a solo assault
Nicole Scherzinger is finally resuming her solo career after the premature end of the Pussycat Dolls reunion.
I learned that next week she will release her first single in six years, which will be recorded in collaboration with David Guetta.
David worked on a dance track called The Drop with fellow DJ Dimitri Vegas and Azteck and features vocals from Nicole.
Her last release was the single Dolls React released back in 2020, but as a solo artist she hasn’t released any music since 2016.
This is expected to be the first of several releases from her this year, after I revealed in April how busy she has been in the studio. Then she said that she was working on an EP called Warrior and performed the song Never Going Back.
Nicole has spent years giving out musical advice on television talent shows, so it’s time for her to remind us how skilled she is.
Tribute to Rod
SIR ROD STEWART celebrates Father’s Day by announcing a one-off show in Edinburgh in honor of his late father.
He will play the show on November 13th and today is releasing a video for his song Touchline, dedicated to his Edinburgh born father.
Rod said: “If you know anything about me, you know that my father’s love of football definitely influenced me.
“Touchline was my tribute to him and I’m so happy and touched that the new video is taking it to the next level just in time for Father’s Day.”