What Acrimonious Copyright Litigation? Ed Sheeran Announces New Album & Apple Music Live Performance

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Ed Sheeran is celebrating his success in an acrimonious copyright infringement litigation lawsuit with brand-new material. He’ll lead this year’s offering of Apple Music Live performances, too.

Apple says Ed Sheeran will perform his new album in full for the first time on Apple Music and Apple TV+ on May 10. Season Two of Apple Music live will kick-off with this exclusive performance at the Eventim Apollo in London. During this intimate live performance, Sheeran will showcase his new album called ‘subtract’ in full for the first time alongside a 12-piece band that includes Aaron Dessner of The National.

Sheeran’s Apple Music Live performance will debut on Wednesday, May 10 at 12 pm PST on Apple Music. For the first time and for all future Apple Music Live performances, it will also be available to stream on Apple TV+.

The first season of Apple Music Live kicked off in 2022 with a live stream of Harry Style’s One Night Only in New York to celebrate the release of his album, Harry’s House. Other performances from last year include Billie Eilish’s Live at the O2 performance, Alicia Key’s Holiday Masquerade Ball, and other chart-topping artists like Lil Durk, Mary J. Blige, Luke Combs, and Wizkid.

“I’m delighted to share my Subtract album show with you,” Sheeran says of the upcoming performance. “I was really nervous on the day, as it was my first time performing the new album tracks. The show was brought to life by Aaron and the incredible band, and it was an honor to stand beside them. It was an emotional night, but I’m so pleased we got to document it.”

“We’re excited to present this Apple Music Live show, which offers an utterly unique perspective into how one of the world’s most popular musicians is dealing with some of the heaviest traumas imaginable,” says Apple Music 1 host Matt Wilkinson. “It’s an emotional, soul-searching ride—but also extremely fulfilling.” An interview between Sheeran and Wilkinson will air on Apple Music 1 on May 9 before the live performance.