Record Number Of Views For Ed Sheeran's Video Filmed In Ukraine

British singer Ed Sheeran released the video for the song "2step", filmed in Kyiv, Ukraine, before the invasion of Russian forces, which began on February 24.

The artist will be donating record royalties from the video’s YouTube streams to a foundation that helps Ukrainian refugees.

Ed Sheeran, 31, said it was his first time visiting Ukraine and he felt "so welcomed" during his visit.

In 24 hours, the video exceeded two million views, and in three days it went to 5 million.

The video stars Ed Sheeran and Lil Baby as they move across a cityscape backdrop. Sheeran is wandering the streets of Kyiv after dark and dancing with strangers into the night.
Ed Sheeran
"I filmed the video for ‘2step’ in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine before the devastating acts of violence started to take place," Ed Sheeran's statement reads. "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."

Ed Sheeran: Ukraine Is A Proud Country

"Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there," the singer said in a message posted at the beginning of the video.

"I stand with Ukraine and will be donating my record royalties from the YouTube stream of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal," he concluded.

The video’s Ukrainian production company, Radioaktivefilm, added: "This video really reminds us of the best of times; it was the last video we did before our world fell apart. Watching it gives us some normality and happiness, and we hope you enjoy this video as much as we do right now."

Last month the singer headlined a fundraising concert for Ukraine alongside Camila Cabello and Emeli Sande raising more than £13.4 million for the victims of the war Putin unleashed in Ukraine.

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