Album Preview: “x” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran XAlbum
x

Artist
Ed Sheeran

Release date
Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Label
Atlantic

Purchase link
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Preview
Ed Sheeran‘s first major album release, + (pronounced “plus”), was one of the best-selling debut albums in the UK. 125391-largeSheeran had previously released 5 EPs himself, but his commercial breakthrough with + in 2011 quickly got him international acclaim, along with the attention of seasoned musicians like Elton John and Jamie Foxx. Now with his second studio release on the close horizon, the buzz is picking up again, and critics and fans alike are expecting another round of fun, soulful pop that’s enjoyable to listen to.

Wish You Were HereIn 2012, Sheeran kept the momentum going by touring with indie rock aficionados Snow Patrol. He also scored a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, where he performed a cover of the classic Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here.”

125267-largeA strength of Sheeran’s is his songwriting. Not just for his own music, but for his peers in the music industry as well. In 2013, he toured with Taylor Swift, one of America’s most popular pop country stars, and made a co-writing contribution to her wildly successful album Red. He’s also lent a hand writing with UK superstars One Direction.

The HobbitRecently, Sheeran wrote and recorded a song for the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, called “I See Fire”. It plays during the credits, and also appears on the soundtrack. With so many great experiences under his belt, Sheeran’s upcoming album x (pronounced “multiply”) is sure to keep him on the right track.

 

Murfie preview

Video transcript
Kayla: “Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Monday, June 23rd: Ed Sheeran‘s new album ‘Multiply’, represented like an ‘x‘. I think that Ed has a lot going for him. He’s really young, and he’s also got a great funny personality that really comes through in his music videos and his social media presence. So this new album has Pharrell Williams as a producer. Pharrell also appears on the song ‘Sing’, with the music video already up on YouTube. Some things that Ed has done in the past that I really like: He contributed a song to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack, it’s called ‘I See Fire’ and it plays during the credits. It’s a beautiful song which really showcases Ed’s great songwriting skills. Also, I really enjoy the music video for ‘Drunk’ off of his last album, because it features a cat as one of the stars in the video. I think it’s hilarious and very well done. So the new album comes out June 23rd, you can check it out for yourself—it’s on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.”

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Last Call: Your Murfie Week in Review

 


Sunday 5/11

– On Twitter: We shared some Mom-Approved music for Mother’s Day.

Monday 5/12

– On Twitter: We got a cool tweet from a new member overseas!

– On Facebook: A huge rainstorm hit Madison! We posted a photo to try to capture the intense storm.

– On Facebook: Daniel Edgerton won our #FreeFriday: The Mouse and the Mask giveaway!

Tuesday 5/13

– In the Press: HarborLAB posted an article showing how they are using Murfie’s recycled CD cases to restore wetlands and create a fun educational opportunity!

– In the Marketplace: A bunch o’ new album releases were added to our shop, including Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke, Little Dragon’s Nabuma Rubberband, and The Black Keys’ Turn Blue.

Wednesday 5/14

– On Twitter: We thought it was pretty cool that Morrissey sent our his first tweet!

Thursday 5/15

– On the Blog: Ally gave us our weekly dose of music history, featuring facts about The Stones, The Beach Boys, Elton John, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Who and Adele.

Friday 5/16

– On the Blog: Our current #FreeFriday: Back to Black review was posted, featuring the late great Amy Winehouse. You still have a chance to win if you retweet our tweet or share our Facebook post!

– On Facebook: We challenged you to buy a Beach Boys album!

– On Twitter: James got a tat!!!


 

This Week in Music History (May 15th-21st)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

Rolling Stones - Black and Blue5/15- On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones hit No.1 on the US album chart with Black and Blue. The album was the band’s sixth No. 1 hit, and its first featuring Ronnie Wood as the replacement for guitarist Mick Taylor.

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds5/16- On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys released their now-iconic eleventh studio album Pet SoundsThe album is considered their masterpiece and one of the most influential records ever released. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it No.2 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

7872-large5/17- On this day in 1975, Elton John released his ninth studio album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. It became the first album to debut at No.1 on the US pop charts, and stayed there for seven weeks. It was eventually certified 3x platinum.

5820-large5/18- On this day in 2011, John Lennon‘s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles‘ 1967 hit “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” sold for $237,132 at auction in Beverly Hills, California. Although popular speculation held that the song was written about drug LSD, Lennon insisted that the song was inspired by a picture Lennon’s son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden.

11051-large5/19- On this day in 1973, Stevie Wonder went to No. 1 on the US singles chart with his track “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”. The song, which was his third US No.1, won him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

5943-large5/20- On this day in 1966, John Entwistle and Keith Moon of The Who were running late to a gig and unable to arrive at the venue on time. Bandmates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey enlisted the help of a bass player and drummer from a local band in order to play the set. The replacements played until Entwistle and Moon arrived in the middle of the set.

12936-large5/21- On this day in 2011, Adele reached No.1 on the US singles chart with “Rolling in the Deep” from 21, her second studio album. The song was the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011 and received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. 

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Ally Boutelle
@arboutelle

Ally is a communications intern at Murfie, blogging about all things music. When she’s not typing away, she cooks spicy food, does hot yoga, and reads weird history books. She’s also a college student double majoring in history and journalism.


This Week in Music History (March 26th-April 1st)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

3/26- On this day in 1985, radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder’s songs from the airwaves after he dedicated his Oscar win the previous evening to Nelson Mandela.

3/27- On this day in 1965, “Stop! In the Name of Love” became The Supremes’ fourth US No.1 single. The song was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance.

3/28- On this day in 2005, U2 kicked off their 131-date Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The tour grossed $389 million, the second-highest number ever for a world tour.

3/29- On this day in 1967, The Beatles began recording “With a Little Help From My Friends” at Abbey Road Studios in London. They recorded over 10 takes of the track during the first day of work.

224303-large3/30- On this day in 2013, famed US music producer and music pioneer Phil Ramone died at 79. Ramone was one of the most successful producers in music history, having won 14 Grammy Awards and worked with stars including Bob Dylan, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Ray Charles.

3/31- On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire onstage while appearing at the Astoria in London. Lighting guitars on fire became symbolic of Hendrix’s performances, and the Fender Stratocaster that he burned was sold for $280,000 at a 2008 London auction.

4/1- On this day in 1966, David Bowie’s first solo single, “Do Anything You Say”, was released by Pye Records. Before the single, Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and the Lower Third.

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This Week in Music History (June 26th-July 2nd)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

8277-large6/26- On this day in 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing the hit song “She Loves You” after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne. The popular Beatles song is sung from a third party point of view, something has been attributed to Lennon’s songwriting style.

2084-large6/27- Leigh Nash was born on this day in 1976. Nash is founding member of the American pop band Sixpence None the Richer. (Sound familiar? Think  of the song “Kiss Me” back in 1997. Yeah, that band.)

55737-large6/28- On this day in 1968, singer Aretha Franklin was featured on the cover on Time magazine. The issue’s fitting title was “The Sound of Soul“.

129105-large6/29- On this day in 1975, Elton John made surprise appearances at the Days on the Green concert series in Oakland, California, during the encores of both the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles shows.

6/30- Cher43493-large married Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band on this day in 1975, just a few days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. She filed divorce from Allman only nine days later, but the couple stayed together for a rocky few years.

MI00022975197/1- Dennis Brown, “The Crown Prince of Reggae”, passed away on this day in 1999. Brown was incredibly influential in the reggae and lovers rock scenes, having recorded dozens of albums with Jamaica’s best labels and producers including Studio One, Joe Gibbs, Trojan, and Greensleeves to name a few.

8327-large7/2- And estimated 3 billion people watched the Live 8 concerts that were televised from around the world on this day in 2005. Performers included R.E.M., Jay-Z, Toby Keith, and more, who came together with the goal to make poverty history.

Dig any of these albums? Wanna hear ’em in losssless? Well they’re right here on Murfie! Find them for as little as $1 in the marketplace!

Staff Picks: Emma’s Picks

Let’s start with my favorite album, the bread and butter of my daily listening experience:

ImageClassics by Ratatat

Looking for some smooth jams to chill out to? How about mildly energetic beats to motivate you through a long work session? What if you don’t want to deal with lyrics? This album is the answer. I listen through it at least twice a week over the past two years. Never gets old.

The track “Wildcat” has an awesome cat rawr that’s used musically throughout the song. Another favorite track is “Lex”, it has a great build, add more layers, more building, then an epic climax. This album is perfect for a variety of moods and situations, as well as a great introduction to a less heard style of electronic music.

Now a more recent addition to my collection:

Good Morning to the Night by Elton John vs. Pnau Image

I first stumbled on this album through a friend who mixes and creates his own electro songs. Watching someone who knows what they’re doing in the music mixer program is like watching a surgeon. Precision is everything. The time cuts, layers, sounds levels, texture, everything is delicately labored over. Knowing that, I was able to appreciate even more the magic Pnau used to create this album. Elton John choose Pnau to hack apart, mix up, jumble and rumble his less famous tracks from 1970-1976.

Boy oh boy did they do a magnificent job. Listening through it sounds completely Elton-esque, but with a definite influence from Pnau. The title track is definitely the most catchy and is created from 8 different Elton John songs. This is the future of music collaboration!

This Week in Music History (April 11th-17th)

 

The story continues, and Henry’s tradition lives on! Learn up and boogie down!

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4/11– Setting up a bittersweet moment on this day in 1994, Nirvana‘s final studio album In Utero was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, while on the same day a Seattle, WA coroner ruled that lead singer Kurt Kobain’s death was officially a suicide.

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4/12- Making history on this day in 1999, Shania Twain became the only female artist in music history to sell over 10M units with back to back albums: The Woman in Me (1995) and Come on Over (1997).

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4/13Willie Nelson is always stirring up some sort of trouble! On this auspicious day in 2005, Willie had his attorney send Texas state senator Gonzalo Barrientos a (presumably polite) letter declining to have a toll road named after himself. A toll road? Nelson told the Austin America-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’s be too great a thing.”

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4/14– Whether Chuck D and crew knew it at the time, they were making history in 1988 when Public Enemy‘s second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, hit the streets hard, loud and unapologetic.

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4/15– Sir Elton John is often and lovingly out in front of charitable efforts. On this day in 2006, he’d “cleaned out his closet”  and raised nearly $1M for his AIDS foundation by selling over ten thousand articles of clothing at the “Elton’s Closet” sale in New York. Not sure we can conceive how BIG that closet must have been ;-).

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4/16– Avant-grade jazz musician Ornette Coleman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music on this day in 2007 for his album Sound Grammar, which was the first work of jazz to receive the Pulitzer honor.

39874-large4/17– The iconic Johnny Cash performed at the White House on this day in 1970 at the invitation for President Richard M. Nixon. Following the performance, the president and first lady spent hours with Johnny and his wife, June Carter, touring the White House and enjoying each others company immensely – with nary a mention of politics.

Oh, you wanna own any of these gems, or hear ’em in lossless format? Well whaddya know, we just so happen to have them for sale! Right now these titles start at just $1, so get ‘em before they’re gone!