Ed Sheeran is a British singer-songwriter who has won more than 100 awards worldwide. His music combines elements of pop, folk, and acoustic genres. He has sold over 150 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in 1991, Ed Sheeran is the son of an art curator and a jewellery designer. After dropping out of school, he self-released his debut album in 2013, and quickly became a major international success. He is part of a new generation of successful British artists, such as Adele and Sam Smith.
Sheeran signed a contract with Island Records in 2011 and released his debut album, + (Plus), in June 2011. It reached number one in the UK and Ireland, and number five in the US. He reached international stardom in 2012 with his hit single "The A Team." His sophomore album, x (Multiply), was released in June 2014 and reached number one in the UK, the US, and Australia. In 2017 he released his third album, ÷ (Divide), and became the first artist to have two back-to-back number-one albums in the UK since 1999.
Sheeran has remained a solo artist since his inception, but has been supported by a talented lineup of sidemen throughout his career. His live band has included drummer Paul Tilbrook and keyboardist/percussionist Jake Gosling. He also often works with musicians like producer/guitarist Johnny McDaid and his longtime collaborator and producer Benny Blanco.
Ed Sheeran’s music has been compared to a number of other popular acts from across the folk pop and contemporary folk genres. He has been compared to artists like Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Paolo Nutini and James Blake.
Throughout his career, Sheeran has released a number of chart-topping, award-winning singles and albums. Some of his biggest hits include "The A Team," "Thinking Out Loud," "Shape of You" and "Photograph." He has also released a number of popular, successful collaborations, with artists such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Eminem.
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