Ed Sheeran records tribute song for tragic Jamal Edwards and shoots video starring his family and celebrity pals

ED SHEERAN is honouring his late friend Jamal Edwards by recording a song in tribute to him.

The superstar was devastated when British music mogul Jamal, who helped launch Ed’s career, passed away in February after a heart attack aged just 31.

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Brit superstar Ed Sheeran pays tribute to late friend and British music mogul Jamal Edwards, 31, by recording a tribute songCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
The devastated singer spent yesterday with many of Jamal’s nearest and dearest filming a video

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The devastated singer spent yesterday with many of Jamal’s nearest and dearest filming a videoCredit: jamaledwards/instagram

He spent yesterday with many of Jamal’s nearest and dearest, including his singer mum, Brenda Edwards and his sister Tanisha, filming a video for the track.

My exclusive photos show Ed at a venue in Soho, central London, for the shoot, where he was joined by US musician Russ, actors Raff Law and Tom Felton, and rapper Big Narstie. A blue classic car believed to be part of the video was parked outside.

A source said: “Ed looked in good spirits when he arrived but it was a sombre occasion and things got very emotional on set. Ed wanted to do something to celebrate Jamal’s incredible legacy because he was a huge part of his life.

“Brenda wore all black and had sunglasses on as she arrived. It was really brave of her to get involved after such a loss, but she knows how close Ed and Jamal were and so it felt poignant to be part of it.”

Jamal launched his internet music platform SB.TV in 2006, shooting videos of up-and- coming artists which helped to catapult acts including Ed, Jessie J, Stormzy and Emeli Sande to huge success.

In a post on Instagram in February, Ed wrote: “Jamal is my brother. His light shone so bright. He only used it to illuminate others and never asked for ­anything in return.

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“A star’s light shines for millions of years after they go, and his will continue to light up every dark moment. I would not be here without him, professionally and personally. There will never be anything close to what he is.”

After such a tough loss, Ed has done an amazing thing by making this.

A blue classic car believed to be part of the video was parked outside

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A blue classic car believed to be part of the video was parked outsideCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
Jamal's singer mum Brenda Edwards and his sister Tanisha

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Jamal’s singer mum Brenda Edwards and his sister TanishaCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
Ed was seen at a venue in Soho, central London, for the shoot, joined by actor Raff Law

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Ed was seen at a venue in Soho, central London, for the shoot, joined by actor Raff LawCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

THERE’S MAURA ON SHOW

MAURA HIGGINS had a stroke of sheer ­brilliance during a night on the town in LA.

The reality star appeared red carpet- ready as she headed out for dinner with pals.

Maura Higgins stunned in LA as she donned a slashed see-through bodysuit

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Maura Higgins stunned in LA as she donned a slashed see-through bodysuitCredit: Instagram

Dressed to impress, Maura donned a slashed see-through bodysuit which resembled little more than the bikinis she wore in the Love Island villa.

Joking that she had arrived from another ­dimension, Maura posted the pic with the caption: “Matrix debut”.

The star is currently enjoying the single life after splitting with Strictly boyfriend Giovanni Pernice last year. The couple had dated for four months before calling it quits in October.

Despite fans thinking Maura has a strict gym routine and diet plan, the Irish beauty insists she stays in shape by ­keeping things balanced.

She said: “’I’m not a nutritionist or anything like that but I do have a good enough diet and stay as clean as possible, but then I still have whatever I want.

“Lots of you talk about abs, which is a funny one really because we all actually have abs – it’s just the body fat obviously covers them.”

DUA ON TRACK TO WOW UK

DUA LIPA’S Future Nostalgia tour will be new and improved when it kicks off in Manchester tonight.

I’ve heard she has hired out Sheffield Arena and has spent the past two days doing intense rehearsals for the UK leg, to make it even bigger and better.

Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia tour will be new and improved when it kicks off in Manchester tonight

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Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia tour will be new and improved when it kicks off in Manchester tonightCredit: Getty

The US run, which kicked off in February and ended a fortnight ago, received rave reviews but it sounds like she is determined to top them with her concerts on home turf.

A source said: “Dua wants to really wow the crowds and is always pushing herself to deliver the best show possible. She is pulling out all of the stops to make it a night to remember for everyone who sees her. It’s not going to be one to miss.”

I will be at the opening show this evening, before further dates up and down the country for the next fortnight, and can’t wait to see her bring the record to life.

It is one of the best pop albums of recent years and she more than deserves all the plaudits she has been receiving for her music. The tour will stretch through until November, when she will finally wrap things up with a spate of gigs in Australia and New Zealand.

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HARD-FI BACK INDIE GAME

INDIE rockers HARD-FI are reuniting – 11 years after their last album.

The Brit band, who had huge hits including Living For The Weekend, Hard To Beat and Suburban Knights, have got back together and are plotting brand new music.

Indi rockers HARD-FI are reuniting after 11 years

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Indi rockers HARD-FI are reuniting after 11 yearsCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

Posters appeared in London this week featuring the artwork for their 2005 debut album Stars Of CCTV alongside the date 01.10.22, suggesting they could do a one-off gig to celebrate the record.

However, I’ve learned that the group have spent several months back in the studio working on what it is hoped will be their fourth studio album. Speaking in 2020, frontman RICHARD ARCHER said: “I’ve been to a couple of those anniversary gigs and they’ve been great.

“At the end of the day, that’s what people want. That album has defined people’s lives and when they were growing up. We’ll definitely do it at some point, but with new music too so we’re not trading on past glories.”

A music insider said: “It was fun for them all and now they want the chance to celebrate their old music while also looking ahead to the future. They are still figuring out the finer details but they will be back on stage this year.”

Britney: ‘My best sex ever’

BRITNEY SPEARS is living her best life after years of being trapped in a conservatorship.

The Womanizer hitmaker and her actor fiancé Sam Asghari are at it like rabbits now she’s expecting her third child.

Britney Spears told fans she’s having 'the best sex ever'

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Britney Spears told fans she’s having ‘the best sex ever’Credit: Not known, clear with picture desk

Britney told fans she’s having “the best sex ever” after “indulging” in round- the-clock romps.

The singer said: “It’s time for me to indulge into thinking, books, make-up, classic movies . . . great conversation, and the best sex ever! Sex is great when you’re pregnant.”

Brit’s cheeky overshare comes just days after she posted a clip of her rolling around on a beach naked. Away from stripping off, the singer is busy working on her first new music in six years.

I told last month how her team has started to approach former collaborators to work on new tracks with her. Hopefully, Brit manages to put Sam down long enough to squeeze in some studio time.

Eurovision Tiking over

EUROVISION is truly cool again, as TikTok has teamed up with the annual song contest as an official partner.

The 2021 event spawned winners Maneskin, who have gone viral on the app – plus there have been more than 3.8billion views of videos featuring the hashtag #Eurovision.

This year, there will be ­exclusive backstage ­footage from all of the artist rehearsals, and ­specially created programming from the event, ­available on TikTok in the days leading up to the final in Turin on May 14.