22 Dec '17, 2am

90 minutes to shape the year's hottest song, Entertainment

NEW YORK • There was no pressure. It was just another day in the recording studio . That was the key to writing Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You, which has been on the Hot 100 since it was released on Jan 6 and topped Billboard's year-end singles chart. It is a tale of romance sketched in mundane details - "now my bedsheets smell of you" - with four chords delivered in plinking, dancehall-tinged syncopation. The song has drawn more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube and is also the most-played track on Spotify - with more than 1.5 billion streams. Sheeran thought he already had enough songs for the album he released this year and he was pondering the final selections. As a diversion, he set up a recording session for his sideline: supplying songs to other performers. "I didn't make this song to be mine to sing," he said. A singer he had been touring with, Anne-Marie, directed him ...

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