It’s safe to say that Ed Sheeran made the right decision when he chose to keep Shape Of You for himself as opposed to pitching it to other artists (Rihanna was one that he had in mind). Released as one of two lead singles from his 2017 album, ÷ (Divide), Shape Of You has gone on to become one of the biggest hits of Sheeran’s career, peaking at #1 on almost 50 charts throughout the world.
So what is it about the song that made it so successful? Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn discuss some of the songwriting techniques utilized in crafting the song.
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