Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Pop Music: Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” Will Surpass 400K, Drake Coming with New Music Maybe This Week


Pop, pop muzik:

Ed Sheeran’s third and best album is called “Divide.” But it hasn’t divided fans or critics. “Divide” is looking to surpass 400,000 in sales by Friday in the US, and 500K in the UK. Sheeran took a year off to make “Divide,” and you can hear the freshness. He’s got two hit singles at the top of the charts here, too, as well.

What makes “Divide” unique is that the songs are solid, and there are no guest stars. It’s just Ed Sheeran, who looks like Van Morrison’s unknown son but is heading more and more into James Taylor territory. One track on there, called “Perfect,” is pretty perfect. Sheeran’s songs do recall older ones– his “Thinking Out Loud” really referenced Marvin Gaye. On “Divide” it doesn’t sound so obvious.

Meanwhile, Drake is apparently coming to crush Ed’s second week on the charts. Hitsdailydouble reported that Drake is about to drop a surprise album. I’ve confirmed that it’s coming, and may be called “More Life.” Drake is very prolific, with a new album (sometimes two) every year. His last, “Views,” came out in April 2016. That album was propelled by “Hotline Bling,” which Drake sampled from a 1973 soul hit called “Why Don’t We Live Together.” Will lightning strike again? We’ll see…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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