Episode 3

Ed Sheeran And Mark Ronson’s ‘Super Albums’

Welcome to State Of Grace, a podcast about pop music hosted by Hollywood insider and pop music obsessive Eric Fulcher and Cinnamon co-founder/editor-in-chief Caitlin White. The goal of State Of Grace is to illuminate themes and trends in pop music and discuss landmark albums in the genre with the kind of scrutiny that many other more male-dominated forms of music have already been afforded for the last several decades. Given that, the majority of each episode will almost always be focused around a female or queer performer.

The third episode is about Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson both releasing enormous collaborative pop albums this summer, very different records but two of the biggest pop albums of the year so far. For his part, Ed Sheeran said he collaborated only with artists he personally listens to in his car, enlisting the likes of Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, and Cardi B for a number of star-studded posse tracks. On the other end of the spectrum, Mark Ronson worked with only women, keeping a more indie bent in his selection, and delivering his most cohesive work to date. We discuss what worked and what didn’t for both approaches, and pick our favorite collaborations. Listen to the episode below or download the episode here.