Ed Sheeran’s Beginnings and Debut Album
Ed Sheeran’s music career started in 2005, when he recorded his first EP, ‘The Orange Room’. For the next few years, he played at small venues around the United Kingdom, generating a small buzz. In 2010, Ed Sheeran flew to tour in Los Angeles (playing open mic nights), where he soon attracted the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx.
The following year marked Sheeran’s mainstream breakthrough. First, he released an independent EP entitled ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’, which reached number two on the iTunes charts, despite little promotion. Later the same year, Sheeran released his first studio album, ‘+’, which topped the UK albums chart. Its singles included mainstream pop hits like ‘The A Team’, ‘Lego House’ and ‘Drunk’.
In 2012, Sheeran wrote several tracks for the One Direction album, ‘Take Me Home’, including ‘Little Things’, which became one of the group’s most popular songs. The same year, he also co-wrote and sang on the Taylor Swift track ‘Everything Has Changed’, which appeared on her fourth studio album, ‘Red’.
These two events helped to bring Sheeran to the attention of a wider market, including audiences in the United States. In 2013, his single ‘The A Team’ also received a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Song of the Year’ and he performed at the award ceremony alongside Elton John, further enhancing his growing reputation.
Following a supporting role on Taylor Swift’s North American tour, Ed Sheeran’s second studio album, entitled ‘x’, was released in 2014. Once again, it received critical acclaim and achieved commercial success, peaking at number one in the UK and US album charts. The album’s third single, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, was a chart-topper in the United Kingdom and spent eight consecutive weeks in the top two in the United States, with an Ed Sheeran tour currently scheduled for 2020.
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