Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in June 2014.

Ed Sheeran – born Edward Christopher Sheeran, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk – celebrates his 26th birthday today. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in autumn 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, “No. 5 Collaborations Project”, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, “+” (read as “plus”), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Quick facts:

  • The follow-up album to “+” was entitled “x” (for “multiply”), and his third album due next month is “÷” (yep, for “divide”).
  • “Sing” was co-written and produced by Pharrell Williams, who also provided uncredited backing vocals.
  • It was his first UK number one single, with follow-up “Thinking Out Loud” the second, and current chart topper “Shape Of You” the third.
  • Sheeran will be touring Europe, South America and North America from March 17th until June 14th, 2017.

Here’s “Sing” as performed on the New Year’s Eve edition of Top of the Pops from 2014, complete with opening credits.

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