Ed Sheeran might be a pro at getting his audience to groove to his songs in his concerts but turns out he has reservations about taking the spotlight during the Super Bowl halftime show. In a recent conversation on the Deep & Shallow podcast with Andy Cohen, Sheeran revealed his thoughts about the prestigious gig and why he feels he might not be the right fit.
Ed’s Stipulation for the Halftime Show
While the halftime show is a coveted stage for many artists, Ed Sheeran stated that he would only do it if someone else would join him on stage. Sheeran admitted his self-awareness when it comes to his performance style. Comparing himself to iconic halftime show performers like Prince, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, he acknowledged that he is not the type to have background dancers and fireworks in the sky. The “Shape of You” singer believes that his more subdued approach might not resonate with the grandeur typically associated with the Super Bowl halftime spectacle.
The Almost Appearance
Ed Sheeran also confirmed that he was once in discussions to join Coldplay during their performance at Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The plan was for him to collaborate with Coldplay on a rendition of his hit song “Thinking Out Loud”. However, the collaboration never materialized, leaving fans to wonder what might have been.
Possible Album Release Clues
Beyond his thoughts on the Super Bowl, Sheeran has been teasing fans about his upcoming musical endeavors. Following the conclusion of his 13-year-long tour and the release of six albums named after mathematical symbols, Sheeran hinted at a new studio album. His cryptic messages on social media include mentions of autumn, cozy moments, and friendship, as well as the numbers nine and 29, fueling rumors that the date of the latest album launch is probably September 29th.
The Batman, the latest addition to one of DC’s biggest superheroes, has launched on HBO Max on April 18, and will air on regular HBO on April 23 at 8 pm EST. The movie is currently running in theaters and stars Robert Pattinson in the titular role.
The Batman was released in theaters on March 4, 2022, and has since enjoyed a good run. The movie managed to earn approximately $134 million domestically from its opening weekend alone. According to Ann Sarnoff, the chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, the production company is planning on launching all their upcoming theatrical releases on streaming websites only 45 days after they hit the theaters in 2022. This is a contrast to the company’s 2021 policy where the theatrical release and HBO Max release happened at the same time. Films like Dune, Mortal Kombat, and Suicide Squad all had a corresponding release on both screens.
Drawing the Crowds
Since 2020, movie theaters have had a problem drawing crowds back in to watch movies on the big screen. Sarnoff further stated that the decision of which movies should release in theaters no longer depends on just the budget size, but also the genre and the audience’s behavioral patterns. Most genres, like comedies and dramas, are not experiencing big openings at the moment. Action and superhero movies have been one of the biggest draws for viewers to step back into the theaters. The Batman, also starring Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, is directed by Matt Reeves and is the longest Batman movie to date at 2 hours 55 minutes with credits. While talking about the long run times, Reeves stated that the immersive quality of the movie will keep you engrossed and you’ll forget that it’s so long. He further added that the movie was once actually longer but was cut down for better viewing.