Artist of the Week: Ed Sheeran

Lizzy Partsch, Staff Writer

Famous for his sensational sound and refreshing rhythms, Ed Sheeran is surely a blessing on this earth. That is why we are naming him Artist of the Week!

From his first album +, to his next album x, and now to his new and upcoming album ÷, coming out March 3rd, he surely proved himself a true artist.

Edward Christopher, was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. At age 18, he attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey and then independently released his No.5 Collaborations Project in 2011.

His debut album + was released on September 9, 2011 and was awarded six-times platinum in the UK. “The A Team,” one of his hit songs on his + album, won numerous awards in the UK and was also nominated for song of the year at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

He became even more popular touring with Taylor Swift’s Red Tour in 2013.

Then in June 23, 2014, his x studio album was released with hit songs such as “Thinking out Loud,” “Photograph, “Sing,” and “Don’t.” This album also received numerous awards, including his hit song “Thinking out Loud,” which won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at The Grammy Awards.

And let’s not forget about him writing Justin Bieber’s hit song “Love Yourself” that even earned him a nominee for two Grammy Awards, Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.

Now three years later, Ed Sheeran released two new songs off of this new and upcoming album ÷ (Divide): “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.”

“Shape of You’s” tasteful rhythm definitely grabs the attention of the listener, so much so that it almost reminds you of something you’d find on Rihanna’s recent album, Anti. In a BBC Breakfast Show, Ed Sheeran even admitted that he was considering giving the song to Rihanna, or at least according to www.billboard.com, it’s so. Not only that though, it is definitely going to be the next hit, on America’s Top 40 and a song you wouldn’t want to be caught dead without.

Despite what style Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album may seem to give off, “Castle on the Hill” definitely defies the odds. With its thoughtful lyrics, it honestly seems more of a personal song about his childhood. Lyrics like, “When I was six years old I broke my leg, running from my brother and his friends,” definitely displays this.

“Moreso,” with its refreshing beat in the background, almost reminds you of a U2 song and altogether sounds like something Coldplay would record. Personally, “Castle on the Hil”l is definitely one of my favorites.

Ed Sheeran displays that a true artist is not only one that can sing well, but can portray lyrics emotional, write meaning and rock solid lyrics and even share his art with multiple different artists. He is definitely worthy of the title, Artist of the Week! Keep listening to his new, soon to be, number one hits and make sure to check more of Ed Sheeran’s music on iTunes or Spotify.

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