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Apple Music Live, the popular live performance series from Apple, is set to return for a second season next week, and it’s kicking things off with a bang. The tech giant is teaming up with none other than Ed Sheeran for a live performance at the Eventim Apollo in London. The concert will be available exclusively via Apple Music.
The live performance is set to celebrate the launch of Sheeran’s latest album, which is simply titled (pronounced “subtract”). Sheeran will play the album in its entirety for the first time ever, and he’ll be backed by a 12-piece band that includes Aaron Dessner of The National. Dessner previously collaborated with Taylor Swift, and he worked with Sheeran on his new album as well.
Sheeran’s performance is highly anticipated, especially in light of a recent legal victory. The British singer-songwriter emerged victorious in a copyright lawsuit from the estate of Marvin Gaye, who accused him of stealing “Let’s Get It On” for his own hit single “Thinking Out Loud.”
Apple Music subscribers can tune in to Sheeran’s live performance on Wednesday, May 10, at 12 p.m. PST. Apple also announced that the performance will be available on demand via Apple TV+ and Apple Music starting at 1 p.m. PST on May 10. This marks the first time that an Apple Music Live performance has been made available via Apple TV+.
In a statement, Sheeran expressed his excitement for the upcoming show. “I’m delighted to share my Subtract album show with you,” he said. “I was really nervous on the day, as it was my first time performing the new album tracks. The show was brought to life by Aaron and the incredible band, and it was an honor to stand beside them. It was an emotional night, but I’m so pleased we got to document it.”
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Apple is also planning to share exclusive content from Sheeran’s performance via the Shazam app next week, so fans will have even more to look forward to.
The return of Apple Music Live is certainly exciting, and the collaboration with Sheeran is sure to be a hit with fans. It’s clear that Apple is committed to delivering high-quality content to its subscribers, and we can’t wait to see what other live performances the tech giant has in store for us.