Ed Sheeran

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E Sheeran
Ed Sheeran.jpg
Born Edward Christopher Sheeran
17 February 1991 (1991-02-17) (age 26)
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Occupation guitarist}
Net worth US $60 million
(£48 million)[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Musical career
Origin London, England
Genres
Instruments
Years active 2005–present
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts
Website www.edsheeran.com

Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. He also writes and produces songs on his own and created his label, Paw Print Records.[2] Sheeran is recognized for doing pop music. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. As a child, he lived in Framlingham, Suffolk (England). He is now known today as a award winning artist.

2005–10: Early career[change | change source]

In 2005, Sheeran started publishing some EP albums. The first one has been named Orange Room EP. He continued publishing EPs until 2010 when he released Songs I Wrote with Amy. It was the last EP released before publishing his number one popular album +.[3]

He then moved to London in 2008 to start a music career. He first played in various events and also made an EP.[4] Then he signed a contract with a record company, Atlantic Records.

2011–13: +[change | change source]

In 2011 he made his first album, called +. The album went to number one in the music rankings of many countries and had also been certified double platinum.[5] Some of the songs on this album have been successful, such as "The A Team" and "Lego House" (leaked as the third single of the album in November 2011). Also, the song "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" was released as the second single in August before the album came out. As the fourth single, "Drunk" was out in January 2012. Finally, the song "Give Me Love" was released as the sixth and final single of +, on November 26.[6] From this album, his first single "The A Team" has been recently nominated in the Song of the Year category for the 2013 Grammy Awards.[7] Sheeran was nominated in many categories at the 2013 BRIT Awards.[8]

Sheeran performed at the 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony on August 12. He performed a cover of the song Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.[9]

He collaborated with Taylor Swift on her fourth album Red, doing a duet with her on the song "Everything Has Changed". He has also written songs for One Direction. He wrote the song "Moment"[10] and gave it to One Direction in 2011. He co-wrote two songs that were on their second album Take Me Home. He first gave them the song "Little Things" that he had written with his friend Fiona Bevan when he was 17 years-old.[11] As well as this, co-wrote the song "Over Again".[12]

2014–16: ×[change | change source]

"Don't", Sheeran's #3 song on his album × (pronounced "multiply"), was released in 2014 and was nominated for several awards. The song was about how Ellie Goulding was cheating on him with One Direction's Niall Horan. In the song, it says, "it's not like we were both on tour. We were staying on the same hotel floor." Goulding did, in fact, cheat on him while they were staying in the same hotel. Sheeran thought it was very easy to forgive Goulding after he found out about it.[13]

The most successful single from × was "Thinking Out Loud", which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and finished at the number-two song of 2015 in the United States. Sheeran won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the song.

Sheeran collaborated with Justin Bieber on Bieber's album Purpose. He co-wrote the song "Love Yourself", which became a number-one hit for Bieber in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia, and the song finished as the number-one song of 2016 in the US.

Ed Sheeran

2017–present: ÷[change | change source]

Ed Sheeran's album × cover.

Sheeran's third studio album, ÷ ("divide"), was released on 3 March 2017. He released the two singles "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" in January 2017. "Shape of You" became his first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it entered at the top of the chart. The song has reached number one in several countries around the world, and "Castle on the Hill" has become a top-ten hit.[source?] Sheeran became the first artist to have songs enter at numbers one and two at the same time on the UK Singles Chart when the first single was at the top and "Castle on the Hill" was at number two. His song ''Galway Girl'' has reached the number one position in the Scotland and Ireland singles charts.

Awards[change | change source]

Ed Sheeran has won many prizes, for example the award for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards.[14] He has also won two Grammy Awards.

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Song of the Year
"The A Team"
Nominated [15]
2014 Best New Artist
Ed Sheeran
Nominated [16]
2015 Album of the Year
×
Nominated [17]
Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2016 Song of the Year
"Thinking Out Loud"
Won [18]
Best Pop Solo Performance Won

Personal life[change | change source]

Despite his popularity and fame, Ed Sheeran has been spotted smoking several times. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, published on YouTube on 5 March 2014, he revealed that smoking is his worst habit. After ten years as a smoker, he now claims to be smoke-free.[19] However, in an article published on the Daily Mail website, on 19 March 2015, he was spotted smoking a roll-up cigarette, outside a hotel in Brisbane. He has since quit smoking again.[20]

References[change | change source]

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  2. "record label". sugarscape. 08 December 2011. http://www.sugarscape.com/tags/news/679872/ed-sheeran-releasing-new-music-his-own-record-label.
  3. . Ed SHeeran Official Website. http://edsheeran.com/.
  4. "Ed Sheeran". The Irish Times. 9 September 2011. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/theticket/2011/0909/1224303728073.html. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. "Debut Album '+' Goes Double Platinum". capitalfm. 9th December 2011. http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/ed-sheeran/news/album-double-platinum/.
  6. "new single 'Give Me Love'". digitalspy. 12 november 2012. http://www.digitalspy.ca/music/news/a437439/ed-sheeran-reveals-video-for-new-single-give-me-love-watch.html.
  7. "Grammy's Nominations". Grammy. http://www.grammy.com/nominees.
  8. "Brit Awards Nominees". BRIT AWARDS 2013 NOMINEES. http://www.brits.co.uk/news/2013/brit-awards-2013-nominees-announced-0.
  9. "Olympic Closing Ceremony". sugarscape. 12 August 2012. http://www.sugarscape.com/tags/live/754996/video-ed-sheeran-covers-pink-floyd-olympic-closing-ceremonyl.
  10. "Ed Sheeran writes for 1D debut album". capitalfm. 18th November 2011. http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/one-direction/news/louis-ed-sheeran-album-track-favourite/.
  11. "Ed Sheeran writes for One Direction". http://web.orange.co.uk. http://web.orange.co.uk/p/musicstore/story_ed_sheeran_writes_for_one_direction.
  12. "One Direction Works With Ed Sheeran". sugarscape. 20 Feb 2012. http://www.sugarscape.com/tags/album/697565/one-direction-want-work-ed-sheeran-next-album.
  13. Ojomu, Nola (22 October 2014). "Ed Sheeran admits he has forgiven his ex Ellie Goulding for 'cheating' with pal Niall Horan". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2802951/ed-sheeran-admits-forgiven-ex-ellie-goulding-cheating-pal-niall-horan.html. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  14. "Brit Awards 2012: List of winners". BBC News. 21 February 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16533246. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  15. "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees and winners". LAtimes.com. Los Angeles Times. 10 February 2013. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-grammys-2013-complete-list-of-nominees-and-winners-story.html. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  16. "Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List". Billboard. Prometheus Media LLC. 6 December 2013. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5819883/grammy-awards-2014-full-nominations-list-complete-nominees. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  17. Lynch, Joe (5 December 2014). "Grammys 2015: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Media LLC. http://www.billboard.com/articles/6363565/grammys-2015-nominations-57th-annual. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  18. "Past Winners Search". GRAMMY.com. Recording Academy. https://www.grammy.com/nominees/search?artist=%22ed+sheeran%22&field_nominee_work_value=&year=All&genre=All. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=783WmVFU8Mg
  20. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3001667/Ed-Sheeran-seen-smoking-roll-cigarette-arrives-hotel-early-hours-morning-surrounded-bevy-beautiful-female-fans.html

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