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Bloodstream is a song by Ed Sheeran and appears as the seventh track on his second studio album, X. A reworked version featuring Rudimental was released on February 11, 2015 and it was released as the fourth single from the album. It also serves as the lead single from Rudimental's second studio album We the Generation.
Background[edit | edit source]
The song is about Sheeran taking MDMA during a wedding celebration in Ibiza. 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". Sheeran made a live PA to perform the song during co-writer Rudimental's set at Glastonbury Festival 2014 on 27 June 2014. It was revealed by Sheeran on 11 December 2014 at the BBC Music Awards that Bloodstream will be served as the fourth single from his album.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
In a Billboard track-by-track review, writer Jason Lipshutz stated: "'Bloodstream' features a delicious guitar line and a virtuoso performance from a defeated Sheeran, who asks "How'd I get so faded?" before pleading to not be left alone. There are disturbing references to alcoholism and gospel vibes, and while Sheeran's narration has never felt so vulnerable, his songwriting is rarely this self-assured." 
Live Performances[edit | edit source]
Sheeran performed "Bloodstream" on 13 April 2015 on the results show of the second series of The X Factor in New Zealand
Music Video[edit | edit source]
A music video featuring actor Ray Liotta was released on 23 March 2015.
Track listing[edit | edit source]
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Charts[edit | edit source]
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||60|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||60|
|Hungary (Single Top 40)||38|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||98|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||2|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||2|
References[edit | edit source]
- billboard.com - X Album Track-by-Track Review