Ed Sheeran

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+ (2011), 5/10
x (2014), 5/10
:- (2017), 4/10
No 6 Collaborations Project (2019), 3/10
Subtract (2023), 4/10

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Ed Sheeran debuted with the EP No 5 Collaborations Project (2011), that collects duets with grime musicians, but became a pop star with + (Asylum, 2011), that contains the somber folkish single The A Team. The next two albums were best-sellers in both Europe and the USA. x (2014), or "multiply", contains the slow romantic dance ballad Thinking Out Loud which became a worldwide hit despite going counter all the popular genres of the year; and

He was nonetheless influential on the development of trop-house because Kygo remixed Sheeran's I See Fire (2013) and Alex Adair remixed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud (2014).

In October 2015 Thinking Out Loud became the first song to pass 500 million streams on streaming service Spotify.

:- (2017), the symbol for "divide", contains the chart-toppers Shape of You (his incursion into rap, with a hook stolen from Sami Switch's Oh Why), Castle on the Hill (a U2-style singalong) and Perfect (with a stately string orchestra). His pop was simple and sparsely arranged (mostly acoustic), but still very emotional, and maybe that was the secret in the age of over-arranged, bombastic, brainy arrangements and beats. No 6 Collaborations Project (2019) contains collaborations with pop and hip-hop stars such as Justin Bieber, Eminem, Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, Young Thug, Cardi B, 50 Cent, and Travis Scott. Fred "Again" Gibson produced many of the songs. It is also a contender for the title of most tedious album ever recorded, despite I Don't Care, Beautiful People and Take Me Back to London.

Subtract (2023) contains the falsetto piano ballad Borderline and a parade of similar-sounding laments.

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