Shaun's Music Minute

Ed Sheeran Reveals Inspiration Behind "We Are"              

A new biography about Ed Sheeran has revealed the inspiration behind the song which is credited with getting him a record deal. According to the book, "Ed Sheeran's song," 'We Are', which was included in one of his very first self-released albums, was written after the death of a close school friend.

'We Are' was written about his friend, Stuart Dines, who died while he was on a school ski trip in Cologne in 2006. Ed was just 14 at the time of his friend's death, and 'We Are' was reportedly played at his funeral.

The book goes on to explain that, 'Ed had to come to terms with the death of someone he saw practically every day. He resolved to write a song about his feelings. He composed it, he said, "whilst I got round to actually accepting it".'

Justin Timberlake Cancels Two More Shows              

Justin Timberlake has been suffering from bruised vocal cords and unfortunately has had to postpone a few shows on his, “Man of the Woods” tour. The dates in Tacoma, Washington had been scheduled for November 12 and 13 but will now take place on February 10 and 11 of next year.

So far, Justin has postponed shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City,  Buffalo, New York and shuffled a Denver concert planned at the end of January. 

JT did make an appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last week but it was silent. The singer's frustration was obvious in his latest post on Instagram, "My vocal cords are severely bruised. I’m gonna make this up to you and the new show will be on my birthday, January 31. More info to come. Again, I’m so sorry to do this but excited to see you soon. Love, J”

It Looks Like Zedd Is In The Studio With Katy Perry              

Could Zedd be getting ready to create another hit song with Katy Perry? What we do know is that Katy Perry's adorable doggie Nugget was in the studio with Zedd, since he shared a picture of the pup on his Instagram Story yesterday.

Zedd joined Katy on the Australian leg of her "Witness Tour" earlier this year. We also saw a clip of Perry in the vocal booth during one of Zedd's sessions in Australia. They may be putting the final touches on something really special. We'll have to wait and see. 

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced              

Congratulations are in order for Missy Elliott. The MC has become the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If she’s able to make it in, she’ll become the third hip-hop artist to do so. Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri are the other two.

Also joining Missy as performing nominees in the 2019 class are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James, and The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart). 

Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols, and Dallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Pink, and Boyz II Men

For the record, songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13th. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until December 17th.

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