Edward Christopher Sheeran (born on February 17, 1991 in Halifax, UK) is an English singer-songwriter and producer who was first discovered in Los Angeles, where he was spotted at an open mic night by Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx who invited him to stay at his house and record. A series of self-released tracks led to a keen online following, before Ed Sheeran's EP No. 5 Collaborations Project, released in 2011 with tracks featuring rappers Wiley, Sway, and Ghetts, shot to number two on the iTunes Chart. His single "The A Team" became an even bigger hit, reaching number three in the UK and winning him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, paving the way for debut album + (plus) which headed straight to number one. Ed Sheeran was quickly making his name and presence known in the industry, with big names seeking him out for collaborations. In 2012, after receiving a co-writing request from Taylor Swift, the two penned "Everything Has Changed," which appears on Taylor Swift's album Red. After opening for Taylor Swift on tour, Ed Sheeran went on to sell out three headline shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. His second album x (multiply) went to number one in the UK and the US and he went out on a world tour. "Thinking Out Loud" was the third single released from x and became his second number one. In 2017, Ed Sheeran announced the release of his third album ÷ (divide). The album went straight to number one in the UK and became the fastest-selling album by a male solo artist in the UK. He released two singles from the album: "Shape of You" and "Castle On the Hill." The singles entered the UK Singles Chart at number one and two respectively, with Ed Sheeran making history as the first artist to ever achieve the top two positions at the same time. He then released "How Would You Feel (Paean)" as a promotional single and it charted at number two. "Galway Girl" was then released as the third official single and this also went to number two. These releases, on top of the fact that streaming tracks became counted in the singles charts, meant that Ed Sheeran celebrated holding nine of the top ten songs in the UK Singles Chart in one week, with all 16 songs from the album also entering the top 20. 2019 saw the release of the single "I Don't Care," a collaboration with Justin Bieber which would be followed by his fourth studio album No. 6 Collaborations Project. The work includes collaborations with a range of artists, including Eminem, 50 Cent, Bruno Mars, and others. It also includes the singles "Cross Me" featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock and "Beautiful People" featuring Khalid. In 2021, Ed Sheeran released his fifth album, = (equals), which went to number one in multiple countries, including the UK and the US. The album generated three official singles, "Bad Habits," "Shivers" and "Overpass Graffiti," as well as a promotional single called "Visiting Hours." In 2023, Ed Sheeran released his fifth mathematical-themed album - ("Subtract"), which was produced and co-written by the National's Aaron Dessner, who also worked as a producer on Taylor Swift's Folklore and Evermore albums. Also in 2023, Ed Sheeran used his own label, Gingerbread Man Records, to launch his seventh studio album Autumn Variations, which was produced by the National's Aaron Dessner, apart from "Spring," on which Bryce Dessner also lent a hand in producing.