Ed Sheeran feels a 'weird affinity' with Robbie Williams
ED SHEERAN has another festive first to add to his inaugural Christmas No1 – he’s topped my annual Biz List.
The singer was the most written-about celebrity in Bizarre in 2017, thanks to his incredible anecdotes, record-breaking music and the fact everybody from WESTLIFE to EMINEM wants to work with him.
Dan Jones - The Sun Ed Sheeran is the most written about celebrity in Bizarre this year
Another artist who Ed has written for, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, has made the Top Ten. And Ed has revealed he’s secretly analysing the former TAKE THAT star’s career, believing the pair share many parallels.
The singer feels a connection with Robbie — who also struggled with loneliness after finding fame.
In an exclusive chat, Ed told me: “I feel a weird affinity with Robbie. We email now and then but I’ve been reading up on him and his career is so similar to mine.
“Like the way the album’s going, the way it went to stadiums, the way it was just like one lone man . . . a very lonely sort of life. I have a little obsession with him and working out how he did stuff.”
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Ed penned the tune Pretty Woman for Robbie’s 2016 album The Heavy Entertainment Show after he begged him for a hit.
But one parallel Ed is keen to avoid is when Robbie quit his 2006 tour to go into rehab.
That’s why he’s taking his pals on the road to keep him grounded.
He said: “I’ve had three mates on tour with me and next year I’ve got four, who are my schoolmates. They are all the Castle on the Hill people.
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“I don’t have a band and all of my team, God bless them, are married with kids so don’t want to f***ing go out in Tokyo at two o’clock in the morning.”
I doubt he included that in the job description.
The Biz List 2017
1. Ed Sheeran (new entry)
ED SHEERAN has shot to the top of the Biz List for the first time. After a year off, his third album Divide brought him back to the spotlight – as did tales about wing-walking on PETER JACKSON’s plane and being hit in the face with a golf club by JUSTIN BIEBER. He has truly kept us entertained.
AFP or licensors Perfect end of the year for Ed Sheeran
2. Rita Ora (up from #3)
RITA ORA won my Song of the Year Award for Anywhere, scored three Top Ten hits and hosted the MTV EMAs as well as new US telly show Boyband.
Rita marked the end of 2017 by posing in just a thong in a racy Instagram snap earlier this week.
Instagram Rita sharing a cheeky selfie on Instagram
But thankfully, she found some more clothes as she hit the ski slopes in Aspen, Colorado, with her new boyfriend ANDREW WATT. Rita proved she can be just as fashionable in the snow in a black-and-white jumpsuit, fluffy hat and mirrored shades.
Her getaway with Andrew comes just weeks after she confirmed their relationship after the Fashion Awards in London.
In between posting cheeky snaps on Instagram, I’m sure they managed to bond over black runs and hot chocolate.
BackGrid Rita on the ski slopes in Aspen with her boyfriend
3. Little Mix (down from #2)
LITTLE MIX performed across North America with ARIANA GRANDE before bringing their Glory Days Tour to the UK for a lengthy run. Three of them also found new boyfriends. Cute.
Getty - Contributor Left to right: Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix
4. Take That (non-mover)
TAKE THAT have had a busy year. Not only did they release eighth studio album Wonderland but they performed globally. Frontman GARY BARLOW also judged BBC show, Let It Shine.
Getty - Contributor Take That performing in Milan in 2015
5. Harry Styles (non-mover)
HARRY STYLES finally became the second member of ONE DIRECTION to release a solo album, and his world tour sold out. He also made his film debut in war film, Dunkirk. What a year.
Rex Features Harry Styles released a solo album and appeared in blockbuster Dunkirk
6. Katy Perry (non-mover)
KATY PERRY played Glastonbury after releasing her album Witness, scored a judging role on American Idol and performed at the Brit Awards.
Getty - Contributor Katy Perry has had a busy year
7. Taylor Swift (up from #9)
TAYLOR SWIFT released Reputation – one of the most talked-about albums of the year – but it left a sour taste by bad-mouthing KANYE WEST, TOM HIDDLESTON, and CALVIN HARRIS.
Getty - Contributor Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album this year
8. Liam Payne (new entry)
LIAM PAYNE launched his solo career in style with Strip That Down, and welcomed first son Bear with CHERYL in March. I’m sure there will be a lot more to come from them both in 2018.
Getty Images - Getty Liam Payne also found post-One Direction success and became a dad
9. Rihanna (down from #7)
RIHANNA made one of the year’s catchiest tunes by featuring on DJ KHALED’s Wild Thoughts, as well as starring in hit sci-fi film Valerian. She also started dating Saudi businessman HASSAN JAMEEL.
Getty - Contributor Rihanna at the European premiere of her film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets