Bloodstream (song)

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"Bloodstream"
Ed Sheeran Bloodstream.jpg
Song by Ed Sheeran
from the album ×
Released 17 June 2014
Genre
Length 4:59
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rick Rubin

"Bloodstream" is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran for his second studio album, × (2014). It was written by Sheeran, Rudimental, and Snow Patrol members – Johnny McDaid and Gary Lightbody. Production was handled by Rick Rubin.

The song was released as an "instant grat" digital download to the iTunes Store on 17 June 2014, serving as the fourth of seven promotional singles from ×. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 81 and rose to number 60.

In December 2014, "Bloodstream" was remixed by Rudimental. This version of the song was released on 29 March 2015 as a joint single between Sheeran and Rudimental, serving as the fourth single from × and the lead single from Rudimental's second studio album, We the Generation (2015). This remix peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

"Bloodstream" was written by Sheeran, Rudimental, and Snow Patrol members - Johnny McDaid and Gary Lightbody, and produced by Rick Rubin. The song is about Sheeran taking MDMA during a wedding celebration in Ibiza.[1] He claims that during the experience he "fell in love with a beanbag" and that "[he] felt anxiety, [he] felt love, [he] felt warm, [he] felt a bit weird".[1] Sheeran made a live PA to perform the song during Rudimental's set at Glastonbury on 27 June 2014.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 60
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 7
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[8] 6
Finland (Finland Digital Songs)[9] 7
France (SNEP)[10] 39
Hungary (Single Top 40)[11] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 57
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 44
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 42
Sweden (Sweden Digital Songs)[15] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 60
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[17] 10
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[18] 42

Ed Sheeran and Rudimental version[edit]

"Bloodstream"
Ed Sheeran Bloodstream Remix.jpg
Single by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental
from the album x and We the Generation
Released 11 February 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded December 2014
Genre Drum and bass
Length
  • 5:09 (album version)
  • 3:57 (radio edit)
Label
  • Asylum
  • Atlantic
Songwriter(s)
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Johnny McDaid
  • Gary Lightbody
  • Rudimental
Producer(s) Rudimental
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"Make It Rain"
(2014)
"Bloodstream"
(2015)
"Photograph"
(2015)

"Make It Rain"
(2014)
"Bloodstream"
(2015)
"Photograph"
(2015)
Rudimental singles chronology
"Give You Up"
(2014) Give You Up2014
"Bloodstream"
(2015) Bloodstream2015
"Never Let You Go"
(2015) Never Let You Go2015

At the BBC Music Awards on 11 December 2014, it was revealed by Sheeran that a remixed version of "Bloodstream" would serve as the fourth single from ×. He told MTV News, "I've done a song with Rudimental that is actually a song on my album. We've just re-done it and it's heavy, it's going to be great. They've re-done it, it's going to be sort of their first single off their new record...It's really good."[19]

Background[edit]

In an interview with The Sun, regarding the collaboration, Rudimental's DJ Locksmith said, "We were working in LA and [Sheeran] rocked up to our studio with The Game and Ellie Goulding. We made four tracks and revisited one this year to give it a Rudimental spin. We've known Ed for years. I remember when we first saw him getting noticed by everyone, he gave us one of his tracks to remix and he said it was one of the best remixes he'd ever had. We'd never recorded with him before, but we kept the connection and he's a massive name now. The song is so sick, so insane. We can't wait to show it to people."[20]

The reworked song's audio was uploaded on 11 February and the song was released on 29 March.[21]

Music video[edit]

A music video featuring actor Ray Liotta was released on 23 March 2015.[22] The video is directed by Emil Nava.[23]

Live performances[edit]

Sheeran performed "Bloodstream" on 13 April 2015 on the results show of the second series of The X Factor in New Zealand.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Bloodstream" (with Rudimental)5:08
2."I Will Take You Home"3:57
Total length:9:05
Digital download – Chris Lorenzo remix
No.TitleLength
1."Bloodstream" (Chris Lorenzo Remix)6:24
Digital download – Arty remix
No.TitleLength
1."Bloodstream" (Arty Remix)6:35
Digital download – radio edit
No.TitleLength
1."Bloodstream" (radio edit)3:39

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[42] 9 March 2015 Mainstream radio
Ireland[43] 27 March 2015 Digital download
United Kingdom[44] 29 March 2015
Australia[45] 30 March 2015
New Zealand[46]
Italy[47] 10 April 2015 Radio Airplay

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