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The A Team
Hailing from Halifax, England, Ed Sheeran cites artists such as Eminem, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Damien Rice as influences. In 2005 he released his first EP, The Orange Room, at age 14. After inking a deal with Elton John's management company, Rocket Music, he toured with British rapper Example. Subsequently, Sheeran signed with Atlantic Records, releasing his major label debut album, +, in 2011. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and features 12 songs written or co-written by Sheeran, including "Lego House," "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," "Drunk," and "Small Bump." The video for "Lego House" has surpassed 40 million views on YouTube. The album's breakthrough Top 20 hit, "The A Team," garnered Sheeran a 55th GRAMMY nomination for Song Of The Year. In 2012 Sheeran picked up honors for British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist at the 2012 Brit Awards. That same year, he released a four-song EP, The Slumdon Bridge, with American rapper Yelawolf, demonstrating his ability to blend acoustic pop, folk and hip-hop. As a songwriter, Sheeran has collaborated with GRAMMY-winning artists such as Taylor Swift, with whom he co-wrote "Everything Has Changed," a song featured on her 2012 album, Red.