Ed Sheeran is someone that a lot of aspiring artists and songwriters look up to him for inspiration. But for Ed, his musical role model is Rihanna.
In fact, he says that when he’s in the studio, he thinks about what Rihanna would do. He said, “Rihanna is always the benchmark. Rihanna is always… when I go in, that’s how ‘Shape Of You’ was created, ‘Love Yourself’ with Justin Bieber was created. She’s got such great taste in songs that… you can’t say what Rihanna’s style is. It’s just good tunes. So when you go in the studio to create a song, always we go, ‘What would Rihanna do?’ So she’s be somebody I’d always love to work with and write with or for.”
Yes, he did hope to work with her for his No. 6 Collaborations Project album, but they didn’t have “the right tune.”
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