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Ed Sheeran and a World in Which The Beatles Never Existed

What if the Beatles never existed… but Ed Sheeran did?

Charlotte Kohlberg

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Our favorite ginger singer-songwriter is known for donning many hats.

For example, that time he sang in Italian with legendary opera singer Andre Bocelli, for his then new single “Perfect.” You know, the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  

Known for his chilled out and down to earth demeanor, Ed Sheeran has grown into one of the biggest British music exports since The Beatles. 

And speaking of the boy band to triumph over all boy bands, Sheeran is starring in a movie called Yesterday. I know what your thinking, “Another Beatles film!” Now, this is no ordinary movie about The Beatles. This is a film that entertains the question, what if The Beatles never existed? (Pause for dramatic effect.) 

Yesterday was written by Richard Curtis, (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Knotting Hill ) directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and stars Himesh Patel as a struggling singer-songwriter who is hit by a bus and falls into a new world in which The Beatles never existed.

Patel does what any struggling musician would do… jumpstarts his career by passing off all The Beatles’ songs as his own. Obviously, he becomes extremely rich and famous and eventually becomes friends with the man, the myth, the legend: Sheeran.

Other stars in this intriguing film include Lily James, as his at first friend and then love interest, Kat McKinnon, as music businesswoman, and Joel Fry, as Patel’s hilarious best friend. 

It looks to be another feather in an increasingly diverse cap. 

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Charlotte is a recent Graduate in Art History from New York University. After working at a publishing company, she realized her affinity for writing when she had to write weekly newsletters on authors and podcasts. She started her journalism career contributing for online media and entertainment source, The Knockturnal. Currently living in New York City, Charlotte enjoys going to concerts and art museums, and mixing cocktails for her friends.

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