Ed Sheeran recently took a noticeable hiatus from social media and creating music in general, posting in late-2015 that he would let fans know when he was once again feeling like producing another studio album. That time came late in 2016, and he announced on January 1 of this year that his latest work will be released in the upcoming months. A few singles were released from the album in mid-January, giving fans a glimpse of where Sheeran has evolved as an artist in the year.
"There's always a stigma with ginger people, and I was definitely considered unattractive when I was younger." Ed Sheeran recently laid down this candid quote during an extensive interview with a writer from GQ Magazine.
His words were in relation to a question inquiring whether or not he was a "popular kid" growing up. He was not. The British-born rocker in his mid-20s credits his lack of attention in his youth as a driving force to constantly gain attention in his adult years. Whatever the driving forces are, it is clear that Sheeran is beginning to carve out a place for himself in modern music.
It seems as though most of the chart-topping male soloists in the last several years have come from England, and Ed is part of this group. He was born in West Yorkshire in 1991 to a Catholic mother and father, who often made their work through the creative arts in the thriving environment of London.
Ed showed a natural talent and inclination for music when he was young, and became deeply interested in creating music after hearing a Van Morrison album from the late-80s. This led to him studying theater and music in a specialized high school in London, which served as a jumping-off point for the young and budding musician.
In the spring of 2010, the 20-year-old talent bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, California. It was certainly not the first time that a one-way ticket from England to the West Coast epicenter of entertainment had been purchased by an aspiring musician. But it was the first time a red-haired, blue-eyed, relatively short man aiming to create things on his own terms had ever done so.
Interestingly, Sheeran has named his three studio albums released three years apart from one another after three of the most major mathematical symbols. + came out in 2011, X was released in 2014, and ÷ is set to be released soon.
In his homeland of the United Kingdom, Sheeran’s first two studio albums peaked at #1, to the surprise of no one. His second studio album did so in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany.
It is basically a foregone conclusion that all these countries will send his latest released to the top of the charts as well, giving the young man an additional handful of songs to choose from when putting together live sets for upcoming tour dates.