After debuting the song first on Saturday Night Live back in April, Ed Sheeran finally premieres the official studio version of “Don’t“! The track serves as an exclusive iTunes promotional single off his upcoming sophomore album x, which is scheduled for release on June 23 via Atlantic Records. Written and produced along with Benny Blanco and Rick Rubin, “Don’t” continues the trend of Sheeran‘s new blend of R&B, heartbreak and traditional acoustic guitar pop-rock with its bouncy beat and smooth melody. The acoustic jam was purportedly written about pop star Ellie Goulding, who is rumored to have cheated on him during their romance last year. The relationship clearly went from good (“Now she’s staying at my place and loves the way I treat her”) to bad quickly (“I never intended to be next / But you didn’t need to take him to bed”). Drama aside, the track is easily one of my favorite numbers Sheeran has put out – This album is going to give me life. What do you guys think?
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