Ed Sheeran’s new album x has been tearing up the charts worldwide since its release earlier this summer, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. After seeing the puppet-based music video for “Sing,” fans have anxiously been awaiting Sheeran’s next cinematic move. And, oh man, it moves!
“Don’t” is Sheeran’s newest video, and it follows dancer Phillip “Pacman” Chbeeb as he works his way from sweatpants to suits, dancing his way to the top. The video does not reflect the song, as the song is about Sheeran’s resentful feelings towards a woman who cheated. It does, however, beautifully depict the evolution of Chbeeb’s dancing career.
Chbeeb is a popper with no formal training who is now being cast in movies (look for him in the new Step Up movie, Step Up: All In), dancing in music videos (Ed Sheeran’s!), and choreographing for other dancers (on So You Think You Can Dance). He started dancing at the age of 15 and went on to compete on So You Think You Can Dance and win America’s Best Dance Crew with his crew I.aM.mE. From untrained dancer to choreographer / star, Chbeeb has quite literally danced his way to the top of his industry, and now he does it again in Sheeran’s music video.
The video starts with Chbeeb laying outside on a bare mattress in sweatpants, surrounded by dirt and abandoned items. For the next five minutes, he pops and dances his way into three homes of increasing worth, upgrading his wardrobe along the way. By the end, he is in a suit and popping down the hallway of a mansion, and ultimately relaxing in the estate’s pool as Sheeran’s soulful and harmonized vocal hook ends the song.
Sheeran makes a drive-by appearance (literally, he drives by when Chbeeb is dancing on the sidewalk), and his face appears subtly throughout the video, such as on the TV screen in the first house. Overall, the music video focuses on Chbeeb’s story and his incredible dancing.
Listen to the song, and appreciate Sheeran’s soulful vocals. But “Don’t” forget to check out Phillip “Pacman” Chbeeb in the new music video below!
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