Ed Sheeran recently revealed that JAY-Z turned down an opportunity to feature on one of his biggest hits, “Shape of You.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Sheeran disclosed that he had approached JAY-Z about featuring on the song, but the rapper declined, saying that he didn’t think the song needed a rap verse.
In hindsight, Sheeran agrees that JAY-Z’s decision was for the best, and the song didn’t require a feature. Sheeran also praised JAY-Z’s “very, very good ear” and stated that he usually gets things right. While the two artists have never collaborated, Sheeran did team up with JAY-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, on a 2017 remix of “Perfect.”
JAY-Z has previously spoken about how he selects his collaborations, revealing that he is typically asked to feature on other artists’ songs rather than seeking out collaborations himself. He also stated that he turns down more requests than he accepts, but when he does collaborate, he never charges for his services.
“Shape of You” turned out to be a massive hit for Sheeran, spending 12 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was featured on his album “Divide,” which was released in 2017.
Sheeran is gearing up to release his sixth studio album, which is titled “(pronounced Subtract)” and features the lead single “Eyes Closed.” The album is set to be released on May 5 and will not feature any collaborations, marking a departure from Sheeran’s previous albums. Fans are eagerly anticipating the release of the album and are excited to see what Sheeran has in store for them.