Following the duet version with Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran gives Sam Smith’s soulful ballad the cover treatment for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. The British crooner stayed true to the original with his stripped-down remake, but still made it his own.
It was enough to earn praise from Smith himself. “YES @edsheeran !! You just smashed Stay With Me in the love lounge bro!!” he tweeted.
Sheeran responded, “ah man :) thank YOU for making it, it’s a stunner of a song.”
Ed’s sophomore album x arrives June 23 featuring the Pharrell-produced single “Sing,” plus production from Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, and Benny Blanco.