Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon invited Ed Sheeran to perform his latest “Shape of You” on the show twice now. In the first performance, Sheeran joins Fallon alongside The Roots to sing the #1 hit with some toy instruments. On Friday night’s episode, Sheeran performs with his band in front of The Tonight Show‘s audience.
“Shape of You” is off of Sheeran’s third studio album Divide(÷), his follow-up to Plus(+), and Multiply(×) (which has us hypothesizing his next album title…our money is on Square Root(√). He won his first two Grammys for “Thinking Out Loud” on his sophomore album. Sheeran is the first artist in the US to debut two songs (“Shape of You” and “Castle Hill”) in the Top 10. He garnered attention for “Shape of You” after playing it in the 59th Grammys. The song gained 20 million streams and was certified gold in France.
Sheeran admits that the dance-pop song was originally meant for Rihanna. In an interview with BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, he says:
[‘Shape of You] is actually a really random one of because I went in to write songs for other people with a guy called Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, and we were writing this song and I was like ‘this would really work for Rihanna. And then I started singing lyrics like ‘putting Van The Man on the jukebox’ and I was like ‘well she’s not really going to sing that, is she?’ And then we sort of decided halfway through that we were just going to make it for me.
Sheeran was also the songwriter behind Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, also writing for One Direction, Taylor Swift, Christina Perri, The Weeknd, and many more.