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About Ed Sheeran
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Edward Christopher Sheeran, professionally known as Ed Sheeran, was born on February 17, 1991 in West Yorkshire, England. He was raised in Suffolk by his parents along with his older brother. Sheeran found a passion for guitar at a young age and also sang in his church choir. As a teenager he became more involved in the arts when he was accepted to the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in London. While in London, Sheeran started to write his own music and perform at local venues. He released several EPs and posted videos of himself performing his original songs on YouTube. Rapper, Example, discovered Sheeran online and recruited him to be his opening act on tour. This helped Sheeran garner an even larger fan base. The same month he released another EP entitled Loose Change which features his future debut single called “The A Team”. By releasing his music online, several big names took notice of him including athlete Rio Ferdinand and Elton John. In 2010, Sheeran decided to move to Los Angeles to see if he could take his music career to the next level. After performing at a show in LA, he was contacted by Jamie Foxx’s manager who asked Sheeran to perform on Foxx’s radio show. After this big break Foxx became very close with Sheeran; Foxx offered him free studio time and the pair attended several parties together. Once this relationship had developed, Sheeran was able to sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. It was with Atlantic Records that Sheeran was able to release his debut studio album.
Debut Album: +
Sheeran released “The A Team” as the lead single for his up and coming album on May 1, 2011. “The A Team” became an international hit, reaching the top 10 on charts across the world. On September 9th of that same year, Sheeran released his debut studio album entitled + (pronounced plus). The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the UK charts. It was wildly successful in the UK, eventually becoming certified 7X Platinum by the BPI Limited. + is currently the ninth best-selling album of the decade in the UK. The album still did well in the US; the RIAA has the album currently at certified 2X Platinum. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 at the Grammy Awards. At the next Grammy Awards in early 2014, Sheeran was nominated for Best New Artist. It seemed as though Sheeran’s move to Los Angeles was a smart move for the young artist. His popularity was growing more and more with each new day.
Sheeran released the lead single for his second studio album on April 7, 2014 which was titled “Sing”. “Sing” was Sheeran’s first UK number 1 song and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then Sheeran’s second album, X (pronounced “multiply”), was released on June 20th and debuted at number 1 in both the UK and the US. The album actually peaked at number 1 in fifteen different countries. It became the best-selling album of 2014 in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The next single for the album, “Don’t”, which peaked at number 8 in the UK and number 9 in the US. The last three singles for the album were “Thinking Out Loud”, “Bloodstream”, and “Photograph”. “Thinking Out Loud” peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was his highest charting single in the US at the time. The single won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2016 at the Grammy Awards. A year prior at the 57th Grammy Awards, X was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. In 2015, Sheeran wrote the hit song “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber which peaked at number 1 in countries across the world including the US. That same year, Sheeran headlined the Global Citizen Festival along with Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam. By the end of 2015, X became the second worldwide best-selling album of the year, only behind Adele’s 25.
After a short break from releasing new music, Sheeran dropped two singles in January of 2017. The singles were “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You”. “Shape of You” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 while “Castle on the Hill” debuted at number 6, making Sheeran the first artist ever to have two songs debut in the top 10 at the same time. The two singles also broke Spotify’s day one streaming record with a combined 13 million streams. After the record breaking release of the two singles, Sheeran released his third studio album on March 3, 2017. The album was titled ÷ (pronounced “divide”) and debuted at number 1 in multiple countries around the world, including the US and the UK. By the end of 2017, ÷ was the best-selling album of the year in the US and the UK – potentially Sheeran’s greats accomplishment as a musician thus far in his career. So far, the album is 10X Platinum in the UK and 3X Platinum in the US. It is very likely those numbers will only rise in the future. At the 60th Grammy Awards, the album won Best Pop Vocal Album and “Shape of You” won Best Pop Solo Performance. Sheeran’s has now won a total of four Grammy Awards out of thirteen Grammy nominations.
If you want to see Ed Sheeran perform live, now is your chance! The international superstar will be kicking of the North American leg of his tour on August 18th at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. The tour is scheduled to run until November 10th at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. TicketNetwork is your access for all Ed Sheeran tickets. Tickets are selling fast so make sure to grab your Ed Sheeran tickets from TicketNetwork today!