106 Facts About Ed Sheeran


Edward Christopher Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter.


In early 2011, Ed Sheeran independently released the extended play No 5 Collaborations Project.


In 2012, Ed Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.


Ed Sheeran became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week.


Ed Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.


Ed Sheeran has 101 million RIAA-certified units in the US, and two of his albums are in the list of the best-selling albums in UK chart history.


An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, Ed Sheeran's acting roles include appearing in the 2019 film Yesterday.

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Edward Christopher Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England on 17 February 1991.


Ed Sheeran's father was a curator at Cartwright Hall in Bradford and his mother worked at Manchester City Art Gallery.


Ed Sheeran has an older brother named Matthew, who works as a composer.


Ed Sheeran's parents ran Sheeran Lock, an independent art consultancy, from 1990 to 2010.


Ed 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.


Ed Sheeran was accepted at the National Youth Theatre in London as a teenager.


Ed Sheeran is a patron of Youth Music Theatre UK and of Access to Music, where he studied Artist Development.


Ed Sheeran is a second cousin of Northern Irish broadcaster Gordon Burns, who hosted the British game show The Krypton Factor.


Ed Sheeran began recording music in 2004, and at the age of thirteen independently released his first collection of work, titled Spinning Man.


Ed Sheeran has been friends with fellow English singer Passenger since he was 15, with the two playing the same gig in Cambridge.


Ed Sheeran moved to London in 2008 and began playing in small venues.


Ed Sheeran opened for Nizlopi in Norwich in April 2008, after being one of their guitar technicians.


Ed Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan base expanded, with him receiving praise from The Independent newspaper and Elton John.


Ed Sheeran played a Station Session in St Pancras International in June 2010.


Some episode is on their Facebook page Sheeran self-released two other EPs in 2010, Ed Sheeran: Live at the Bedford and Songs I Wrote with Amy, which is a collection of love songs he wrote in Wales with Amy Wadge.


On 8 January 2011, Ed Sheeran released another independent EP, No 5 Collaborations Project, featuring grime artists such as Wiley, Jme, Devlin, Sway and Ghetts.


Three months later, Ed Sheeran put on a free show to fans at the Barfly in Camden Town.


Over 1,000 fans turned up, so Ed Sheeran played four different shows to ensure everyone saw a gig, including a gig outside on the street after the venue had closed.

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On 26 April 2011, Ed Sheeran appeared on the BBC music show Later.


At the 2012 Brit Awards on 21 February, Ed Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough Act of the Year.


Ed Sheeran performed "The A Team" at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II concert held on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012 and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on 12 August 2012.


Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012.


Ed Sheeran later co-wrote and provided vocals for "Everything Has Changed", a single featured on Swift's fourth studio album, Red.


Ed Sheeran 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.


Ed Sheeran's album peaked at No 5 on the Billboard 200, while "The A Team" reached No 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


John decided to appear with Ed Sheeran to circumvent this problem.


Ed Sheeran was featured on some tracks from Irish singer Foy Vance's fourth album Joy of Nothing.


From March to September 2013, Ed Sheeran played at arenas and stadiums across North America as the opening act for Swift's The Red Tour.


In October 2013, Ed Sheeran headlined three sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.


At the concert, Ed Sheeran debuted new songs, including "Tenerife Sea", a future track on his second studio album.


Ed Sheeran was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.


On 24 March 2014, Ed Sheeran performed at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London where he unveiled "Take It Back", a track that would appear on the deluxe version of the second album.


On 27 September 2014, Ed Sheeran was one of the headline acts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to the 2014 AFL Grand Final.


Unlike his previous music videos, Ed Sheeran took the lead role in the single's accompaniment, where he performed a ballroom dance.


On 21 June, Ed Sheeran co-hosted the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, where he performed the singles, "Thinking Out Loud" and "Photograph"; he won two awards, Best International Artist and Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group.


In November 2015 Ed Sheeran released the DVD Jumpers for Goalposts: Live at Wembley Stadium; the title is a nod to playing concerts at Wembley Stadium, the home of English football.


In 2015, Ed Sheeran wrote "Love Yourself" for Justin Bieber's fourth album.


On 26 September, Ed Sheeran performed at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park's Great Lawn in New York, an event organised by Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin, that advocates an end to extreme global poverty.

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Ed Sheeran headlined the festival along with Beyonce, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam.


Ed Sheeran co-hosted the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards on 25 October in Milan, Italy.


Ed Sheeran won the awards for Best Live Act and Best Live Stage; the latter was in recognition for his performance at the 2014 V Festival in England.


Ed Sheeran won the Breakthrough award at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards.


On 26 January, Ed Sheeran announced dates for the beginning of the Divide Tour with shows in Europe, South America and North America from 17 March until 14 June 2017.


At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Ed Sheeran was named Artist of the Year.


On 5 December 2017, hip-hop artist Eminem announced that Ed Sheeran had collaborated on the song "River" for his ninth studio album Revival.


At the 2018 Brit Awards held at the O2 Arena in London on 21 February, Ed Sheeran performed "Supermarket Flowers", and received the Global Success Award from Elton John and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.


Ed Sheeran played to over 950,000 people in Australia and New Zealand in March and April, making it the biggest concert tour in Australasian music history, overtaking the previous record set by Dire Straits in 1986.


At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on 20 May, Ed Sheeran performed "Galway Girl" from Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland, and picked up six awards, including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.


On 10 May 2019, Ed Sheeran released the single "I Don't Care", a duet with Justin Bieber, from his fourth studio album No 6 Collaborations Project.


In 2019, Ed Sheeran co-wrote country music singer Kenny Chesney's single "Tip of My Tongue".


In December 2019, Ed 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.


On 25 June 2021, Ed Sheeran released "Bad Habits", the lead single from his upcoming fifth studio album.


On 19 August, Ed Sheeran announced that his fifth studio album, =, would be released on 29 October 2021.


On 11 February 2022, Ed Sheeran released a duet version of "The Joker and the Queen" featuring Taylor Swift.


Ed Sheeran played warm-up shows at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, London before the main tour began with two concerts at Croke Park in Dublin.


Ed Sheeran celebrated via an Instagram post, saying that he was currently filming a music video for his next album, scheduled to be released the following year.


Ed Sheeran was spotted at a beach in the coastal Suffolk town of Lowestoft.


On 1 March 2023, Ed Sheeran officially announced on all social media platforms that his sixth studio album, -, would be released on 5 May 2023.

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Ed Sheeran released the album's lead single, "Eyes Closed" with its accompanying music video on 24 March 2023.


Ed Sheeran's songs are vessels broad enough to soundtrack both a first dance and a funeral procession, a gut-punch break-up and a trawl around a harshly lit shopping centre.


Ed Sheeran has cited the Beatles, Nizlopi and Eminem as his biggest musical influences.


Ed Sheeran is a fan of heavier music and cites bands such as Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, Korn, Marilyn Manson and Bring Me the Horizon as other influences.


In March 2015, Ed Sheeran announced he was setting up a record label, Gingerbread Man Records, which is a deal with Warner Music Group.


Ed Sheeran signed his second artist, Foy Vance, in November 2015.


On 29 September 2019, Ed Sheeran announced he was teaming up with his manager Stuart Camp to open a bar located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill.


Ed Sheeran frequently gives away his clothes to charity shops around Suffolk, his home county.


In November 2015, Ed Sheeran supported the No Cold Homes campaign by the UK charity, Turn2us.


Ed Sheeran was one of nearly thirty celebrities, which included Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Laurie, to donate items of winter clothing to the campaign, with the proceeds used to help people in the country struggling to keep their home warm in winter.


Ed Sheeran teamed up with the cast of the BBC3 mockumentary sitcom People Just Do Nothing to perform a charity single for the BBC's biennial telethon Comic Relief which aired in March 2017.


Ed Sheeran appeared in a November 2017 episode of Gogglebox along with other UK celebrities such as Ozzy Osbourne, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as part of Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK's Stand Up to Cancer fundraising campaign.


Sheeran's parents organised The Ed Sheeran Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction on 23 October 2020 which ran until 8 November.


In November Ed Sheeran sold one of his paintings, marking the first and only time his art has been made available for sale, which he titled "Dab 2 2020", to the same auction.


Later that month, Ed Sheeran backed footballer Marcus Rashford's free school meals campaign and opened his own breakfast club at his Notting Hill restaurant, Bertie Blossoms.


Ed Sheeran announced on his Instagram that he provided hot breakfasts for "anyone who is normally entitled to a free school meal or who is struggling in these strange times".


Ed Sheeran made his acting debut in 2014, a cameo role as himself on New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, filmed while he was in the country for a one-off performance.


Ed Sheeran appeared as himself in the 2016 film Bridget Jones's Baby in a scene where Bridget Jones, played by Renee Zellweger, encounters the singer at the Glastonbury Festival.


In July 2017, Ed Sheeran appeared in a scene on Game of Thrones opposite Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark.


David Benioff explained that since Williams was a big fan of the singer, they wanted to have Ed Sheeran appear on the show to surprise Williams, and that they had tried to get him on for years.

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In June 2019, Ed Sheeran made his debut appearance in an advertisement for Heinz Tomato Ketchup.


Ed Sheeran released a limited edition ketchup product known as Ed Sheeran X Heinz ketchup, known as "Heinz Edchup".


Music journalist Alexis Petridis has stated that Ed Sheeran "brought pop back down to earth" with his music style, introducing himself "touting an even more austere version of Coldplay's dressed-down authenticity: one unassuming man, his guitar and a loop pedal".


IHeartMedia senior executive Sharon Dastur declared that Ed Sheeran's success has allowed newer artists to be given an opportunity in the mainstream scene with quieter material at the forefront, instead of dance music.


On 19 October 2015, Ed Sheeran received an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk in Ipswich for his "outstanding contribution to music".


Ed Sheeran received the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 7 December 2017.


In early 2011, after securing recording and publishing deals, Ed Sheeran purchased and renovated a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk, where he was raised.


Ed Sheeran has stated that he hopes to raise a family there.


Ed Sheeran was in a relationship with Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt in 2012, before breaking up.


In 2014, Ed Sheeran was in a relationship with Athina Andrelos, who works for chef Jamie Oliver.


Ed Sheeran is the inspiration of Sheeran's song "Thinking Out Loud".


Ed Sheeran is close friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift; the pair collaborated on her albums Red and Reputation, as well as on a remix of the song "The Joker and the Queen" from Sheeran's album =.


In July 2015, Ed Sheeran began a relationship with childhood friend and former secondary school classmate Cherry Seaborn.


Additionally, Ed Sheeran was named in the club's squad list and given the squad number of 17.


On 24 October 2021, Ed Sheeran tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week before the release of his fifth album.


Ed Sheeran later regretted the decision to settle, saying that it was done on the advice of his lawyers who thought the case was "more trouble than it was worth".


Ed Sheeran said he regretted settling the claim for "Photograph" not because of the money involved, but because it changed his relationship with the song.


Ed Sheeran's lawyers argued that while the two songs have similar "building blocks" and a specific chord progression, such features are true for many pop songs, and the jury found in favour of Ed Sheeran with a unanimous verdict.


Ed Sheeran was taken to court in March 2022 for a copyright lawsuit over "Shape of You".


Ed Sheeran publicly opposed Brexit, and supported "remain".

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In 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ed Sheeran expressed support for Ukraine and participated in the Concert for Ukraine.