As Ed’s music career started to gain momentum in the mid-2000s, his popularity grew. He was becoming known on YouTube and through praises from his expanding fan base. It wasn’t long before people starting spending money on tickets to see him play live.
In 2011, his next EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project, reached #2 on the iTunes chart, selling more than 7,000 copies in the first week. Not long after that, he was signed to Asylum Records. His first album under Asylum was + (plus) and was certified seven-times platinum in the UK.
The single from the album, “The A Team,” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammys, which was the year he took the stage to perform the song with the legendary Elton John. Prior to his Grammy nomination, Ed Sheeran won Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards.
He won another Brit Award in 2015 for Album of the Year for his second studio album, x (multiply). The song “Thinking Out Loud” from that album also won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
After releasing his third album, ÷ (divide), Ed became the first artist to have two songs- “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”- debut in the US top 10 in the same week. He also broke the record for most top 10 UK singles from one album, amassing ten top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart. The album ÷ was the best-selling album in 2017 worldwide.
Ed Sheeran is mostly known for his music but he also has acting credits on his resume. He made his acting debut in 2014 on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and has had recurring roles on The Bastard Executioner and Home and Away. In 2016, he made a cameo in the film Bridget Jones’ Baby, where Renee Zellweger’s character encounters him at the Glastonbury Festival. Sheeran also appeared in a scene from Game of Thrones in 2017 with actress Maisie Williams.
Sheeran has embarked on three different headlining tours, each named after and intended to promote his first three albums; the + Tour the x Tour and the ÷ Tour (the fourth-highest-grossing concert tour of all time). He has also gone on tour as an opening act for Snow Patrol, Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones.
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In 2015, Ed started his own record label, Gingerbread Man Records, as an imprint of Warner Music Group. The first artist signed to his label was Jamie Lawson, whom Sheeran met in London. His second artist signing was Foy Vance. The label has an accompanying YouTube channel that highlights songs and videos from the artists, with a few that feature Sheeran.
The Ed Sheeran Experience
Ed Sheeran is generally mild-mannered in demeanor but he does enjoy a good joke, story or spontaneous jam session on occasion. He performs his songs with candor, drawing fans in so they feel like they are part of the story he’s singing.
Ed Sheeran has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide. His second and third studio releases are on the list of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. Clearly, seeing him play live is a must-have experience. So head to Seat Retriever and purchase tickets before they sell out.