Music / Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher Sheeran, or simply, Ed Sheeran, is an English singer-songwriter born in February 1991.

His first big break was when he released the No. 5 Collaborations Project EP in January 2011, which saw both the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After signing to Asylum Records, he released his debut album, +, that same year in the fall. The album conjured his Breakthrough Hit and arguably his Signature Song, "The A Team", which became a sleeper hit success. However, not mentioning another successful single, "Lego House", would be a disservice.

After forming a strong friendship with Taylor Swift (appearing on one of her Red songs and appearing as an opening act on her Red Tour), writing songs for One Direction, and winning two Brit Awards, and playing three sold-out shows in Madison Square Garden, he released his second album, x (read "multiply"), in summer 2014. It became Spotify's most-streamed album of the year (over 430 million streams), the highest-selling album of the year in the UK, and won the Brit Award for British Album of the Year and was also up for two Grammy Awards.

Sheeran's third album ÷ (read "division") is set to be released on 3rd March 2017.

It should be noted that his songs tend to be a bit depressing, especially if you read into the real meaning of the lyrics.


  • + (2011)
  • X (2014)
  • ÷ (2017)

This artist provides examples of:

  • Age Progression Song: "Castle on the Hill": 6, 15, where his friend are now.
  • The Alcoholic: "Drunk"
  • Bookends: The video for "The A Team" starts and ends with the death of the protagonist, a prostitute.
  • The Cameo: Rupert Grint in "Lego House".
  • Darker and Edgier: On one hand, X has a more lighthearted sound than +. On the other hand, X has even darker lyrics than + ever had.
  • Digital Piracy Is Okay: "If people wants new music there's around 7 E.Ps that I released out and about and I don't really mind if anyone illegally downloads them."
  • Downer Ending: At the end of The A Team music video, the protagonist, a prostitute, dies from drug abuse.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Sheerios.
  • Grief Song: "Small Bump". It's about a miscarriage.
  • Grow Oldwith Me: "Thinking Out Loud"
  • Hidden Track: The traditional Scottish-Irish song "The Parting Glass" is hidden onto the end of "Give Me Love".
  • Iconic Item: Ed is almost always seen in a hoodie. He even performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London in one!
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Parts of "You Need Me, I Don't Need You", "U.N.I.", and "Drunk".
  • Long Title: "You Need Me, I Don't Need You"
  • Lucky Charms Title: The names of his as-of-now two albums, which are respectively a plus sign and a multiplication sign. The third album continues the trend by being a division sign.
  • Mood Whiplash: The deluxe edition of X features this, going from the poignant "Afire Love", about his grandfather's struggle with dementia and eventual death, straight into the slightly braggish rap song "Take It Back". It's really rather jarring.
  • New Sound Album: While + was mostly a folk-pop album with heavily influences of soul, X is an eclectic trip between poppier, funkier sounds, folk-rock and rap.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Jamie Foxx. He's the one who discovered him, after all.
  • One-Word Title: "U.N.I.", "Drunk", "One", "Sing", "Don't", "Runaway", "Shirtsleeves"
  • Piss-Take Rap:
    • "You Need Me, I Don't Need You". Damn!
    • More prominent in "X", most notably on "Don't" and "The Man".
  • Platonic Life Partners: He and Taylor Swift are known for having "one of the sweetest friendships in pop".
  • Precision F-Strike: "They say I'm up and coming like I'm fucking in an elevator."
    • Several censored ones on X, especially on "Don't". Surprisingly, the Rick Ross remix of the song keeps in the profanities taken out in the official version.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "The A Team" was inspired by a homeless prostitute named Angel that Ed met while doing charity work.
    • Also a protest song.
    • Ed started writing "Afire Love", about his grandfather's struggle with dementia, towards the end of 2013. Two weeks after he started writing it, his grandfather passed away of the disease, and Sheeran had to write this into the song (he reportedly finished writing it at the funeral).
  • Shout-Out: "A young singer-writer like Gabriella Cilmi"
  • Silly Love Songs: Autumn Leaves is one example.
  • Something Completely Different: "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" compared to the rest of the album.
    • "X", compared to his previous solo work.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: "Small Bump" is mostly about a man conversing with his future baby, which is revealed at the very end to have been miscarried. Ouch.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Autumn Leaves" is a gentle lullaby about losing someone you love, and "The Parting Glass" is an acapella goodbye song.
  • Take That!: Ed said in an interview that the song, "You Need Me, I Don't Need You", is geared towards the music industry, rather than a person.
  • Theme Naming: His albums follow a theme of being named after mathematical symbols. His debut album was named after a plus sign (+), his second was named after a multiplication sign (X), and his third is named after a division sign (÷).
  • This Is Your Song: "Lego House".
  • Title Drop: Hard to miss in "You Need Me, I Don't Need You".
  • Title Only Chorus: Again, "You Need Me, I Don't Need You".
  • Your Cheating Heart: "Don't".