In early , Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. It contained his first hit single " The A Team ". It was named the second-best-selling album worldwide of The first two singles from the album, " Shape of You " and " Castle on the Hill ", broke records in a number of countries 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. Released in , his fourth studio album No. Sheeran has sold more than million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In December , the Official Charts Company named him artist of the decade, with the most combined success in the UK album and singles charts in the s.
His paternal grandparents are Irish,    and Sheeran has stated that his father is from a "very large" Catholic family. Sheeran sang at a local church choir at the age of four, learned how to play the guitar at age eleven,  and began writing songs while at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham. Sheeran began recording music in and independently released his first collection of work Spinning Man.
In February , Sheeran posted a video through SB. TV , and rapper Example invited Sheeran to tour with him. Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan base expanded, with him also receiving praise from The Independent newspaper and Elton John. Pancras International in June Over 1, fans turned up, so Sheeran played four different shows to ensure everyone saw a gig, including a gig outside on the street after the venue had closed.
Later that month, Sheeran was signed to Asylum Records. It was the best-selling debut single and the overall eighth-best selling single of , selling , copies. The second single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. The album received generally favourable reviews from music critics. The song, " Moments ", on the debut album by boy band One Direction , released in November , was co-written by Sheeran.
Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March Sheeran also contributed two songs to One Direction's second studio album, Take Me Home , released in November ; the single " Little Things " became the group's second number-one in the UK.
John decided to appear with Sheeran to circumvent this problem. Sheeran released " I See Fire " on 5 November The song is featured in the end credits of the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , the film's soundtrack , and on the deluxe version of his second album. Sonically, the song is a departure from Sheeran's previous recordings. To support the album, Sheeran embarked on a world tour starting on 6 August at Osaka , Japan.
Unlike his previous music videos, Sheeran took the lead role in the single's accompaniment, where he performed a ballroom dance. The shows, which were announced in November , were part of his world tour.
On 13 December , 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 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. 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.
Though not an official single, the song peaked at number two in the UK. On 4 December, Sheeran was named Spotify 's most streamed artist of with 6. On Spotify , "I Don't Care" debuted with In , the team behind TLC 's song " No Scrubs " were given writing credits on Sheeran's hit song " Shape of You " after fans and critics found similarities between elements of the two songs.
Stanton said that a jury should decide but that he found "substantial similarities between several of the two works' musical elements". I remember him walking on stage with this rainbow-coloured Stratocaster and playing the first riff of " Layla ". I was hooked. All I did for the next month was try to play that Layla riff. He has also cited The Beatles , Nizlopi and Eminem as his biggest musical influences. I went straight home and started writing songs. I would not be doing what I'm doing now if he'd been a jerk.
It's one thing having him on mine, but being his, that's an honour that you can't ever pinpoint on how great that is. And with certain subjects like this they're often washed over and people don't necessarily give them the attention they deserve. Sheeran frequently gives away his clothes to charity shops around Suffolk, his home county. Sheeran made his acting debut in , a cameo role as himself on New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street , filmed while he was in the country for a one-off performance.
As the other wealthy diners look on in horror at the sight of a ketchup bottle, he flips the bottle, bangs it against his hand to budge the ketchup and smothers it all over his food. In early , 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. Sheeran was in a relationship with Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt who was in his music video for " Drunk " in , before breaking up.
Since July Sheeran has been in a relationship with childhood friend and former secondary school classmate Cherry Seaborn. Sheeran is a supporter of his local football club Ipswich Town F.
I love everything Corbyn is about. And I feel people thought that, because I didn't put myself behind him, I wasn't a Corbyn supporter. He cares about other people.
He cares about all classes, races and generations, and that's how I was brought up — we need more people that care about everyone. Because we are brilliant at it And that truly is what Britain is. On 19 October , Sheeran received an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk in Ipswich for his "outstanding contribution to music".
Receiving this recognition is a real privilege. In addition to having the highest-grossing concert tour and being one of the world's best-selling music artists with more than million records sold, Sheeran has received a number of awards. Although he regards Suffolk as home having moved to the county as a child, Sheeran was recognised by his county of birth in a poll when he was ranked the fourth greatest Yorkshireman ever behind Monty Python comedian Michael Palin , and actors Sean Bean and Patrick Stewart.
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