Biography, works and achievement of ed sheeran
Edward Christopher Sheeran , born 17 February 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project .
Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists . 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. In December 2019, the Official Charts Company named him artist of the decade, with the most combined success in the UK album and singles charts in the 2010s. Globally, Spotify named him the second most streamed artist of the decade. Beginning in March 2017, his ÷ Tour became the highest-grossing of all time in August 2019. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, as an actor Sheeran has portrayed a recurring role on The Bastard Executioner , and in 2019, he appeared in the film Yesterday. Edward Christopher Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire , England, His early childhood home was on Birchcliffe Road in nearby Hebden Bridge. His father was a curator at Cartwright Hall in Bradford and his mother worked at Manchester City Art Gallery . When Sheeran was still a child, he moved with his family from Hebden Bridge to Framlingham in Suffolk.  He has an older brother named Matthew, who works as a composer. Sheeran’s parents, John and Imogen, are from London. His paternal grandparents are Irish, and Sheeran has stated that his father is from a “very large” Catholic family. John is an art curator and lecturer, and Imogen is a culture publicist turned jewellery designer. His parents ran Sheeran Lock, an independent art consultancy, from 1990 to 2010.
Sheeran sang at a local church choir at the age of four, learned how to play the guitar aged eleven, and began writing songs while at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham. A 2004 school report described him as a “natural performer”, and his classmates also voted him “most likely to be famous”. He was accepted at the National Youth Theatre in London as a teenager. He successfully auditioned for Youth Music Theatre UK in 2007 and joined their production of Frankenstein in Plymouth . He is a patron of Youth Music Theatre UK (now renamed British Youth Music Theatre) and of Access to Music , where he studied Artist Development. Sheeran is a second cousin of Northern Irish broadcaster Gordon Burns ,who hosted the British game show The Krypton Factor.
Sheeran performing at the Ipswich Arts Festival in July 2010 Sheeran began recording music in 2004 and independently released his first collection of work, Spinning Man . He has been friends with fellow English singer, Passenger , since he was 15, with the two playing the same gig in Cambridge. He moved to London in 2008 and began playing in small venues. In 2008, he auditioned for the ITV series, Britannia High . He also opened for Nizlopi in Norwich in April 2008, after being one of their guitar technicians. He released another EP in 2009, You Need Me , just before going on tour with Just Jack . He also collaborated several times with Essex singer Leddra Chapman , including CeeLo Green ‘s ” Fuck You “. In February 2010, Sheeran posted a video through SB.TV , and rapper Example invited Sheeran to tour with him. In the same month, he also released his critically acclaimed Loose Change EP, which featured his future debut single, ” The A Team “. In the autumn of 2009, Sheeran began studying music at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford , Surrey as an undergraduate at the age 18, though it is not clear how long he remained at the college. Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan base expanded, with him also receiving praise from people.
On 26 April 2011, Sheeran appeared on the TV music show Later… with Jools Holland , where he performed his debut single “The A Team”. Six weeks later, “The A Team” was released as a digital download in the UK. The release served as the lead single from Sheeran’s debut studio album, + (pronounced “plus”). “The A Team” entered the UK Singles Chart at number three, selling over 58,000 copies in the first week. It was the best-selling debut single and the overall eighth-best selling single of 2011, selling 801,000 copies. The lead single also became a top ten hit in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands. During a headline set in the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury Festival 2011 , Sheeran announced that “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You ” would be released on 26 August as the second single from the album. The second single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. “Lego House” was released as the third single, reaching the top ten on the Australian, Irish and New Zealand Singles Charts. The music video for “Lego House” features Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint , as a play on their similar appearance. ” Drunk”, released on 19 February 2012, became Sheeran’s fourth consecutive top ten single in the UK, peaking at number nine.
Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. He later co-wrote and provided vocals for ” Everything Has Changed “, a single featured on Swift’s fourth studio album, Red . Sheeran also contributed two songs to One Direction’s second studio album, Take Me Home , released in November 2012; the single ” Little Things ” became the group’s second number-one in the UK. Sheeran’s album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 , while “The A Team” reached No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 .
On 13 December 2016, after a year long hiatus and social media break, Sheeran tweeted a picture and changed his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to a light blue, implying the release of a new album – each of Sheeran’s previous albums were a single coloured background with a solid mathematical symbol. On 2 January, he posted a 10-second video on Twitter and other social media showing what was the cover design of his forthcoming album entitled ÷ (pronounced “divide”) which was released on 3 March 2017. The album debuted at number one in the UK, the US, Germany, Australia, Canada and other major markets. With first week sales of 672,000 it is the fastest selling album by a male solo artist in the UK, and third fastest in UK chart history behind 25 by Adele and Be Here Now by Oasis . It had the biggest first week sales of 2017 in the US, until it was surpassed by Taylor Swift’s Reputation . Framlingham Castle in Sheeran’s home town, the castle referred to in the single “Castle on the Hill”. The BBC states, “the song has been described as a love letter to Suffolk.”
On 6 January, Sheeran released two singles, ” Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”; the theme of the latter single influences Sheeran’s upbringing in his home town of Framlingham in Suffolk, with the castle referring to Framlingham Castle. Following the release of these singles, Sheeran co-hosted the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Scott Mills where it was inferred that he would possibly make an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017. It was also during this show that Sheeran used a new Martin guitar that featured the ÷ logo (of his new album) on both the headstock and body of the acoustic guitar.  Both singles went on to break the Spotify day one streaming record, with a combined total of over 13 million streams in 24 hours. On 13 January, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” entered the UK Singles Chart at number one and number two, the first time in history an artist has taken the top two UK chart positions with new songs. The same day he also became the first artist to debut at number one and number two on the German Single Charts. On 15 January, the songs debuted at number one and number two on the ARIA Singles Chart, the first time this has been achieved in the history of the Australian chart. On 17 January, “Shape of You” debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 , while “Castle on the Hill” entered at number six; this made Sheeran the first artist ever to have two songs simultaneously debut in the US top 10. Sheeran performing in Miami during his Divide Tour , August 2017. It became the biggest, most attended, and highest-grossing tour of all time in August 2019.
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.  On 5 December 2017, hip-hop artist Eminem announced that Sheeran had collaborated on the song “River ” for his ninth studio album Revival 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.” On 10 May 2019, Sheeran released the single “I Don’t Care “, a duet with Justin Bieber , from his fourth studio album No.6 Collaborations Project . On Spotify , “I Don’t Care” debuted with 10.977 million daily global streams, breaking the platform’s single-day streaming record. The song debuted at number one in the UK, Australia and other markets, and number two in the US. On 31 May, “ Cross Me” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock , debuted at number 9 in the UK. Released on 28 June 2019, “Beautiful People” featuring Khalid debuted at number 3 in the UK and number 4 in Australia. On 5 July, Sheeran released two new songs, ” Best Part of Me” featuring Yebba, and “Blow ” with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton. On 12 July, he released the album, along with “ Antisocial” with Travis Scott . The album debuted at number one in the UK, the US, Australia and other markets. As of 9 August 2019 his four albums have spent a combined 41 weeks at number one in the UK, the most weeks at number one in the UK Album Charts in the 2010s , five weeks more than Adele in second. On 26 August, Sheeran wrapped up the 260-show Divide Tour with the last of four homecoming gigs in Ipswich , Suffolk. On 30 August, the seventh single from the album, “ Take Me Back to London ” featuring Stormzy , reached number one in the UK.
Kenny Chesney’s single “Tip of My Tongue “. In December 2019, Sheeran was named artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company for being the most successful performer in the UK album and singles charts of the 2010s. Eight of his songs featured in the Official Chart Company’s chart of the decade with three songs inside the top 5 – ” Shape of You ” was named number one. Globally, Spotify named him the second most streamed artist of the decade behind Drake .
Sheeran’s tattoos are either connected to his family, achievements or memories In early 2011, after securing recording and publishing deals, Sheeran purchased and renovated a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk, where he was raised. He has stated that he hopes to raise a family there. During 2013, he lived between Hendersonville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. In 2014, he bought a house in South London . Sheeran was in a relationship with Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt (who was in his music video for “Drunk “) in 2012, before breaking up. Nesbitt is the subject of Sheeran’s songs “Nina” and ” Photograph”, while most of Nesbitt’s album, Peroxide , is about Sheeran. In January 2014, Sheeran was in a relationship with Athina Andrelos, who works for chef Jamie Oliver . She is the inspiration of Sheeran’s song ” Thinking Out Loud”. They broke up in February 2015. Since July 2015, Sheeran has been in a relationship with childhood friend and former high school classmate Cherry Seaborn. They announced their engagement in January 2018 and were married in January a year later. She is the inspiration of the song ” Perfect “. He is also close friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift , and collaborated on her albums Red and Reputation .