Monday, April 22, 2024

Ed Sheeran Plays Hamptons Show for Celebs Even Though His Latest Album Has Been a Sales Dud


Ed Sheeran played a celebrity show last night in the Hamptons at the tiny Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett.

Lots of A listers turned up according to reports including Paul McCartney, who lives down the street, plus Angelica Huston, Stella McCartney, Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mayer, Howard Stern, Jon Bon Jovi, James Corden, Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Brooke Shields, and Christie Brinkley. That’s everyone although it seems hard to believe Jimmy Fallon was absent. Also didn’t Corden return to the UK?

I hope some of these people bought a copy of Sheeran’s “Minus” album or “Subtract.” Released in May, it’s Sheeran’s first album not to go gold. According to Luminate, “Minus” has sold the equivalent of around 320,000 albums. This follows the singer being exonerated in a plagiarism lawsuit over the song “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran played the song, but there was no word on whether he mentioned his triumph over the families of Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend.

Sirius XM sponsored the show.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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