Ed Sheeran surprised fans with a performance of ‘Boat’ on the streets of New York on top of a car rooftop after winning his copyright court case.
The Grammy winner shared an Instagram Reel captioned, “Standing on a Volvo in New York outside the pop up x.” He’s seen holding an acoustic guitar and then climbing onto the roof of the Volvo. “Could I sing you one song before I go?” he asked before launching into “Boat.”
Despite Sheeran saying “one song” he ended up singing some of his biggest hits — including “Thinking Out Loud,” which was at the center of his recent legal drama.
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In the video Sheeran posted of the first song on his Instagram, fans praised him in the comments section, but worried for the car he used as a makeshift stage.
“Ed this song is so good but that volvos roof is finished,” one commenter wrote.
“As a Volvo owner, this gave me anxiety,” another said.
“Crushin’ it. And the Volvo,” said yet another.
“Guys don’t panic we own the Volvo, it’s fine,” Sheeran posted to his Instagram Story.
Many fans shared videos of Sheeran’s rooftop of a Volvo concert to social media, showing Sheeran smiling as he performed over six songs.
— Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) May 6, 2023
— Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) May 5, 2023
@juliaadrian119 Ed Sheeran in Soho today #edsheeran #subtract #soho #nyc ♬ original sound – Julia Adrian
Sheeran appeared to be celebrating his album release after a New York jury ruled Sheeran did not steal Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ song for his 2014 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ the lawsuit was brought against Sheeran by the heirs of Ed Townsend, a songwriter on “Let’s Get It On.”
Before the ruling, Sheeran reportedly stated that he planned to walk away from music if he were to be found guilty of plagiarism. “If that happens, I’m done. I’m stopping,” he said, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
The Grammy Award-winner had to miss his grandmother’s funeral in Ireland due to the copyright trial.
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