According to Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z once declined to perform a guest verse on Shape of You.

The Shape of You singer recalled how he first approached the rapper to work with him on his 2017 song while speaking to Rolling Stone for his March cover story.

We communicated, Ed informed the newspaper. He said, ‘I do not think the song requires a rap verse,’ when I sent him the music. He most likely had it right.

“He is got a very, very good ear,” he said, adding that Jay-Z “usually gets things right.”

It was a very natural, courteous pass, the singer added.

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The lead song, Shape of You, was made available as part of Ed’s third studio album, Divide. It held the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and won the Grammy for best pop solo performance.

Ed made a mention about his 2019 project, Blow, alongside Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars elsewhere in the conversation.

He said of the rock tune, “I feel like people were thinking, ‘Oh, that would sound a (certain way)’ when they saw Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. “That was not it at all. It will eventually be discovered by someone and used in a superhero film or something.


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