|Estimated value:||€115 million|
|Country of origin:||Great Britain|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Ed Sheeran has won four Grammys and is a member of a British order of knighthood. That’s remarkable, but it was a long road to success for him: many concerts and EPs went by without Sheeran getting any attention. He is even more famous for that today, because he worked hard and stayed on the ball.
Edward Christopher Sheeran was born in West Yorkshire, UK, in early 1991. He later moved with his family to Framlingham in Suffolk, where he grew up. Sheeran’s mother was a jewelry designer and his father was a curator. The father’s parents are Irish, so Sheeran has Irish and English ancestry.
Ed Sheeran’s older brother Matthew is also a musician, but he is active in the classical genre. The younger of the two actually got into music through Eminem – he stuttered as a child and his father bought him an album by the rapper. Hope was confirmed, and memorizing the raps helped Sheeran. At the age of eleven he learned to play the guitar and wrote his first songs.
From that point on, Sheeran dreamed of a career in music. In 2005 the first EP “The Orange Room” came out. Furthermore, Sheeran always seemed to understand the importance of live performances: he would always play at local clubs and bars, even when there were only ten people in attendance or fewer.
As a teenager, Ed Sheeran moved to London to gain more exposure there. There he played more than three hundred concerts in 2009 alone and became an insider tip. However, the real breakthrough did not materialize, which is why Sheeran made his way to the USA in 2010. He played his first concert there in a small, Californian town near Los Angeles. The young musician then seized every possible opportunity to perform.
Ultimately, Sheeran was picked up by Jamie Foxx. He gave him a place to sleep on his sofa and let him record in his recording studio. Ed Sheeran built up an internet presence, continued to work diligently and released the EP “No 5. Collaborations Project” in 2011. This was finally followed by a deal with Atlantic Records, where he also recorded his debut album “+” with several hit singles.
In the years that followed, Ed Sheeran supported Taylor Swift on tour, played with The Voice of Germany and contributed a song for the final part of the Hobbit trilogy. He achieved world fame and released further studio albums with big chart successes in 2014 and 2017 with “x” and “÷”. With a two-year tour and numerous records, “÷” remains the most successful album, even if another album called “No. 6 Collaborations Project” published.
Ed Sheeran’s first success was the EP “No. 5 Collaborations Project” from 2011, which sold 7,000 copies in its first week and was followed by a record deal. With this he created his first huge hits like “The A Team” or “Lego House” shortly afterwards. This is how Sheeran chart positions and the international breakthrough.
After even performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Ed Sheeran recorded the song “I See Fire” the following year. This hit song was used in the popular film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and quickly became a worldwide hit. This was followed in 2014 by new hits with “Photograph” and “Thinking Out Loud”. These record-breaking songs remain some of Sheeran’s best-known songs to this day.
Sheeran’s biggest hit is without a doubt 2017’s album ÷. It sold over 670,000 in the UK in its first week and every single track entered the charts. “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” even reached number 1 and 2 in the German single charts at the same time: no musician had managed that before Ed Sheeran. The tour accompanying the album, which ran for two years, was also a huge commercial success.
– A life with love is a life that’s been lived.
– I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.
– Appreciate things because it could all be gone tomorrow.
– Pain is only relevant if it still hurts.
– It’s okay to be not okay.
The saying “In the end it’s okay, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end” has often been attributed to Ed Sheeran – but he is not the only one and the claim is not proven.
– Until a few years ago, Ed Sheeran preferred to cut his hair himself, a stylist or hairdresser was not allowed to touch him.
– As a child, the star wished to become a train driver one day.
– At a meet and greet, a 19-year-old girl with cancer, Katie Papworth, proposed to Ed Sheeran. Her idol accepted and Katie happily passed away a week later.
– Even before Sheeran became famous, Elton John was full of praise for the young musician.
– Ed Sheeran prefers to play on a western guitar.
– In 2014, the star published his autobiography “Moments”.
|Estimated value:||€115 million|