Backstage with Ed Sheeran

No Lies Radio Music – By Teri Perticone – June 22, 2019

Edward Christopher Sheeran, MBE (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project.

After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (pronounced “plus”), was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.


Ed Sheeran – The A Team

His second studio album, x (pronounced “multiply”), was released in June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. His single from x, “Thinking Out Loud”, earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In May 2016, x was named the second-best-selling album worldwide of 2015.


Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud [Official Video]

Sheeran’s third album, ÷ (pronounced “divide”), was released in March 2017. The album debuted at number one in the UK, the US and other major markets. The first two singles from the album, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”, were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany, by debuting in the top two positions of the charts. He also became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week. By March 2017 Sheeran had accumulated ten top 10 singles from ÷ on the UK Singles Chart, breaking the record for most top 10 UK singles from one album. His fourth single from ÷, “Perfect”, reached number one in the UK and Australia, while “Perfect Duet”, an acoustic version featuring Beyoncé, reached number one in the US. In April 2018, ÷ was named the best-selling album worldwide of 2017.


Ed Sheeran – Perfect (Official Music Video)

Sheeran has sold more than 26 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.[4] Two of his albums are in the list of the best-selling albums in UK chart history: x (at number 20) and ÷ (at number 34). As an actor, Sheeran has portrayed recurring roles on The Bastard Executioner and Home and Away. He also appeared as a Lannister soldier on Game of Thrones.

On 4 December, Sheeran was named Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2017 with 6.3 billion streams. He has Spotify’s biggest album of the year with ÷ streamed 3.1 billion times, and the top song with “Shape of You” with 1.4 billion streams.[128] On 5 December 2017, hip-hop artist Eminem announced that Sheeran had collaborated on the song “River” for his ninth studio album Revival.[129] On working with Eminem, Sheeran stated, “He is one of the reasons I started writing songs, and was such a pleasure to work with him.”[129]

On 3 January 2018, “Shape of You” was named the best selling single of 2017 in the UK,[131] and the best selling single of 2017 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.[132] The same day, ÷ was named the best selling album of 2017 in the UK,[133] and the US.[134] At the 2018 Brit Awards held at the O2 Arena in London on 21 February, Sheeran performed “Supermarket Flowers”, and received the Global Success Award.[135] In April 2018, the IFPI named ÷ the best-selling album worldwide of 2017.[136] At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on 20 May, Sheeran performed “Galway Girl” from Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland, and picked up six awards, including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.[137]

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Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers [Live from the BRITs 2018]

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