Ed Sheeran is 'grateful' to have filmed 2step music video in Ukraine and pledges YouTube royalties

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Ed Sheeran is ‘grateful’ to have filmed 2step music video in Ukraine before ‘the devastating acts of violence’ and pledges YouTube royalties to humanitarian appeal for the country

Ed Sheeran has dropped the conceptual official video for his track 2step feat. Lil Baby – a brand new version of the song, lifted from his 2021 multi-platinum album =.

And the singer, 31, has admitted he feels ‘grateful’ to have filmed the music video in Kyiv, Ukraine, before the ‘the devastating acts of violence’ began after Russian troops invaded the country.

Ed has also pledged the YouTube royalties from 2Step to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and insisted: ‘I stand with Ukraine’. 

Grateful: Ed Sheeran, 31, has admitted he feels'grateful' to have filmed the music video for his track 2step in Kyiv, Ukraine, before the'the devastating acts of violence' began

Grateful: Ed Sheeran, 31, has admitted he feels ‘grateful’ to have filmed the music video for his track 2step in Kyiv, Ukraine, before the ‘the devastating acts of violence’ began

Directed by Henry Scholfield (Stormzy ‘Vossi Bop’), the music video transitions through slick choreography as Ed, Lil Baby and their crew move across a cityscape. 

Speaking about his experience, Ed said: ‘I filmed the video for 2step in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine before the devastating acts of violence started to take place.

‘It was my first time visiting the country and I felt so welcomed during my stay there – everyone from the production crew to the many people I met across my days off. 

‘Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there.

Before the war: Directed by Henry Scholfield (Stormzy'Vossi Bop'), the music video transitions through slick choreography as Ed, Lil Baby and their crew move across a cityscape

Before the war: Directed by Henry Scholfield (Stormzy ‘Vossi Bop’), the music video transitions through slick choreography as Ed, Lil Baby and their crew move across a cityscape 

Kyiv now: Since Ed filmed the music video, Ukraine has been invaded by Russian troops (Pictured: A man surveys the wreckage of the damaged residential buildings by the Russian air raids in Borodyanka, Bucha Raion of Kyiv Oblast, on April 7)

Kyiv now: Since Ed filmed the music video, Ukraine has been invaded by Russian troops (Pictured: A man surveys the wreckage of the damaged residential buildings by the Russian air raids in Borodyanka, Bucha Raion of Kyiv Oblast, on April 7)

‘I stand with Ukraine and will be donating my record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal x.’ 

The Bad Habits singer previously headlined a fundraising concert for Ukraine alongside Camila Cabello and Emeli Sande raising more than £13.4 million for the war-torn nation. 

The music video comes after Ed won his copyright court case, which saw a judge rule his hit track Shape Of You was not a copy of Grime artist Sami Switch’s song. 

In the ruling, a judge rejected a Grime artist’s claim that Ed had ripped off his 2015 song Oh Why in the 2017 tune Shape of You. Mr Justice Zacaroli concluded Sheeran ‘neither deliberately nor subconsciously’ copied a phrase. 

Explainer: 'Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I'm grateful to have had the chance to film my video there' wrote Ed at the opening of the video

Explainer: ‘Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there’ wrote Ed at the opening of the video

Donating: The singer has also pledged the YouTube royalties from 2Step to the DEC's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and insisted:'I stand with Ukraine'

Donating: The singer has also pledged the YouTube royalties from 2Step to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and insisted: ‘I stand with Ukraine’

After the verdict, Ed took to Instagram to blast the ‘really damaging’ copyright claim culture that is ripping through the music industry. 

The pop icon is now expected to be able to claim back £2.2million in royalties for the song that were frozen during the court fight. 

Elsewhere, South African musician Jeremy Loops, 38, has released the single Better Together, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and the star’s longterm co-writers Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac.

Ed and Jeremy first met a few years ago and instantly hit it off at the private party that followed Sheeran’s first stadium show in South Africa. 

Jeremy revealed: ‘He said I was a better loop artist than he is. Very kind, but not true! But we are very similar artists, in many aspects of our jobs. We spent the night hanging out and talking shop, and he suggested we write together.’

New music: South African musician Jeremy Loops, 38, has released the single Better Together, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac

New music: South African musician Jeremy Loops, 38, has released the single Better Together, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac

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