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Ed Sheeran Reveals His Next Project is 'Not a Pop Album'

Justin Timberlake to Open Pop-Up Merch Shop This Weekend in NYC

Camila Cabello Announces Tour

Mariah Carey Gives Fergie Advice After National Anthem Performance at NBA ALL-Star Game

Ed SheeranEd Sheeran Reveals His Next Project is 'Not a Pop Album'

The singer also reveals he wrote "Shape of You" for Little Mix and penned a cut for Camila Cabello.

With two No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits in the last year as well as two Grammys for his pop song "Shape Of You" and album ÷, Ed Sheeran has proven himself to be a total pop star. But for his follow-up to the wildly successful ÷, Sheeran plans to escape the pop world.

"The next record that I’m making is not a pop album," Sheeran told his fellow British pal George Ezra in the first installment of the George Ezra & Friends podcast.

Throughout the conversation, Sheeran explained that he feels it is dangerous to have a pop career that gets bigger and bigger, and he wants to control expectations from fans and the label. "The reason it’s not a pop album is people expect you to come and the next album they’re going to be like ‘it has to be bigger than ‘Shape of You’ and it has to sell more than this' ... But if I control it and go, ‘Here’s a lo-fi record that I really f**ing love,’ my fans are gonna be like ‘Yay!’, and the pop world are gonna be like ‘oh well, maybe the next one.’"

The "Castle on the Hill" singer also said that he's been working on the new project since the release of his debut album + and that he's been crafting songs for his next record as he's made every other one. "I’ve been working on this one since the same time as +. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment. I don’t think there’ll be any hot radio songs on it this time. It’s a very acoustic record."

Along with talking about his own music, Sheeran revealed a few tidbits about music he wrote for other people, including his own "Shape Of You." When that song first came out in January of last year, Sheeran said he had originally written it for Rihanna -- but in fact, he told Ezra that the track came out of what initially began as a cut for Little Mix.

Ironically, Sheeran has another song in the works that Little Mix is likely going to record, and that one started out as one for another girl group star. "I did a song that I think is going to be for them now, but for Camila Cabello," he said. While Sheeran didn't give any insight to what that song sounds like, with his track record, it's sure to be a catchy pop tune.

Sheeran also touched on his work on Liam Payne's "Strip That Down" and Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," revealing that he always sneaks his way onto songs he writes whether he sings them or not. (Hint: Take a listen to the low voice singing "strip that down" on Payne's track and see if it sounds familiar.)

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Justin Timberlake to Open Pop-Up Merch Shop This Weekend in NYC

Justin Timberlake will join the ranks of Kanye West, Drake, Future and pretty much every other up-to-date music artist of the last few years in opening up his own pop-up merch store in New York from Friday to Sunday. Unlike those who have come before him, JT's store will feature a total of 16 different brand collaborations, each paired with a song off of his just-released Man of the Woods album.

While the exact location of the store is still unknown, the participating brands and times have been released, with the store set to open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Among the collaborations, there are two pairs of limited-edition Air Jordans -- tied to the song “Higher, Higher" -- a smart marketing move from Timberlake, as these are presumably destined to reach a sneaker-head audience even wider than his fanbase. The singer wore one of the red, black and marble pairs during his Super Bowl halftime show this past Sunday.

For the Pharrell-produced “Filthy,” there’s a T-shirt collaboration with Heron Preston, the streetwear designer behind Dave Chappelle’s merchandise from the comedian’s Radio City Music Hall stint last year. The brand collaborations also coincide with the more woodsy aspects of his album, with three different sunglasses from Warby Parker, two separate jackets made by Levi’s, and a cooler from Yeti.

As of now, all merchandise on his online store is sold-out, so this may be fans' only chance to grab some gear before he sets off on his world tour, which kicks off in Toronto on March 13 and continues into its European leg starting in the summer.

Check out the full list of participating companies below:

1. Filthy: Heron Preston
2. Midnight Summer Jam: YETI
3. Sauce: Best Made Co.
4. Man Of The Woods: Best Made Co.
5. Higher Higher: Jordan Brand
6. Wave: Warby Parker
7. Supplies: Best Made Co.
8. Morning Light: Pendleton
9. Say Something: Moleskin
10. Hers: Levi’s x Pendleton
11. Flannel: Levi’s
12. Montana: Levi’s
13. Breeze Off the Pond: Maestro’s Classic
14. Livin’ Off the Land: Best Made Co.
15. The Hard Stuff: by Leor Yerushalmi
16. Young Man: Lucchese

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Camila Cabello Announces Tour

Almost exactly one month after dropping her debut self-titled album, Camila Cabello announced that she'll be heading out on her first solo tour this spring.

The Never Be The Same Tour—named after the album’s first track— will kick off in Canada on April 9, head down through the U.S., then make European stops in June. This marks Cabello's first headlining shows on her own, following her run on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour in December.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 16th at 10am local time at, with a portion of the proceeds from sales of VIP packages being donated to the Children’s Health Fund.

After announcing her first solo tour, Camila Cabello shared another treat with her fans today (Feb. 14): a hand-picked selection of her favorite love songs, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The “Havana” singer added a collection of romantic pop classics and some gushy newer hits. She partnered with YouTube to create the ideal soundtrack for a perfect V-Day.

The list includes Cabello’s own jam “Never Be The Same,” Prince’s ‘80s chart-topper “Kiss” and Selena Gomez’ seductive smash “Hands To Myself.” Of course, no Valentine’s Day playlist would be complete without at least one Ed Sheeran ballad, and in this case, Cabello chose his Hot 100-conquering “Perfect.” Cabello also added the darker and slightly less romantic “Somebody Else,” by The 1975, Etta James’ iconic “At Last” and Taylor Swift’s country cross-over hit “Love Story.”

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Mariah Carey Gives Fergie Advice After National Anthem Performance at NBA ALL-Star Game

Mariah Carey knows what it’s like to be dragged down by the Internet because of a performance mishap -- recall her 2014 Rockefeller Center performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and last year’s New Years Eve performance.

After Fergie’s widely panned rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All Star game, Carey gave some sound advice on how to handle the criticism: “Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that.”

Fergie performed a slow rendition of the national anthem at the 2018 athletic competition Sunday evening (Feb. 18), and people had a lot to say about it. Comedian Leslie Jones wondered, “Why did this happen,” adding, “you might as well should’ve asked me to sing.” Sports commentator Charles Barkley was itching to talk about “Fergie’s national anthem,” but Shaq O’Neal pleaded to leave her alone.

TMZ caught up with Carey after leaving Sweet Chick Sunday evening, when she dropped the gem. She’s not the only celebrity defending Fergie. Takeoff from Migos and Karl-Anthony Towns stood up for her as well.

Her performance even sparked the hashtag #SingItLikeFergieChallenge, and the Internet hilariously proves it can’t be beaten.

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