After a year-long drought of music from the famous ginger singer, Ed Sheeran finally released two new singles in January. Now, cover kings The Vamps and Conor Maynard have taken on Sheeran’s lead Divide single, “Shape of You.”
A bona fide pop tune, “Shape of You” checks all the boxes of a pop hit—a danceable beat, a catchy chorus and a enough sexual overtones to entice pre-teen fans and above. It just sounds like a pop hit. Actually, it sounds like a lot of pop hits.
British boy band The Vamps and solo artist Maynard have taken on Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and recorded a sing-off, with Maynard and The Vamps frontman Brad Simpson trading off on lines from famous pop hits.
Did you notice that “Shape Of You” works when you use the lyrics to songs like Beyoncé’s “Baby Boy,” Drake’s “Controlla,” Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and The Killers “Mr. Brightside?” Neither did we, until we heard this cover. Now *that’s* an impressive mash up.
British boy band The Vamps and Maynard are no strangers to covers. Maynard has gone viral with a number of his inventive covers, while The Vamps made us fall in love with Fifth Harmony’s “That’s My Girl” all over again when they gave the song a big band makeover in November.
In addition to the new singles, Sheeran kicked off the year with an album and tour announcement, making his comeback official with music videos for both “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.”
“Castle on the Hill” is a soaring arena pop/rock track that has Sheeran at his most reminiscent, even casting teens from his old high school for the music video and shooting in his hometown of Framlingham in Suffolk, England.
“Shape of You,” a song originally written by Ed for Rihanna, is a return to the club bangers Sheeran dabbled with for his second album X, including the Pharrell-produced single “Sing.”