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Flame-haired singer/songwriter, beatboxer, and guitarist Ed Sheeran‘s eclectic blend of acoustic pop, folk, and hip-hop has been championed by everyone from the underground grime scene to American Oscar winners. Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England in 1991, Sheeran released his first EP, The Orange Room, while still at school, and his first two albums, his self-titled debut and Want Some, by the age of 16. After moving to London to gain more live experience, his performance of the self-penned “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on YouTube channel SB.tv gained half a million viewers and attracted the attention of actor/R&B star Jamie Foxx, who invited him to appear on his Los Angeles Sirius radio show. Securing a deal with Elton John‘s management company, he supported Example on his U.K. tour and, after signing with Atlantic Records, he became only the third artist to score a Top 75 album purely on download sales, when his No.5 Collaborations Project, a star-studded seven-track EP featuring Wiley, JME, andDevlin, charted at number 47 in 2011. That same year he released his debut studio album, +. In 2012, Sheeranreturned with the EP Slumdon Bridge.