UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is staging a serious British Invasion. The musician’s debut album, entitled + (as in the plus sign), landed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 this month — after 10 months on his homeland chart, which he topped last year. On his rise to fame, he’s performed at the 2012 mtvU Woodies, toured with Snow Patrol and sold out his own U.S. headlining tour in 12 minutes. No big deal, right? And no big ego either. “It’s quite nice that the U.S. fans are involved and want to come to the shows,” the humble star said. (“Quite nice”? We’d be commissioning an airplane to write those kind of wins across the sky. But that’s just us.)
Ed Sheeran has scored more than 2.5 million Twitter followers, definitely enough to sell out a lot more gigs. He’s even made a fan of Taylor Swift, whom he’s been working with for her own upcoming album. Makes sense — we know they’re both big cat people. And not only is Sheeran pretty adorable himself (it’s the boy-next-door guilelessness and that emotive British songwriting-as-storytelling thing David Gray does so well), but after listening to the eclectic +, it’s easy to tell why everybody’s got the album on repeat.
“My music is a mixture of a lot of acoustic music — of folk, hip-hop, soul,” Sheeran says, which makes sense since he’s a huge hip-hop fan and even teamed up with Yelawolf. “I think YouTube has destroyed the genre barrier. People can be into Justin Bieber and Eminem at the same time. It’s a good thing.” Also a good thing? All of the Ed Sheeran videos, interviews and performances we’ve hooked up for you below. Get into it:
+ Watch Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” live performance below, and get more performances and interviews after the jump.
“The A Team (Live)”
Ed Sheeran On American Fans
Ed Sheeran On His Musical Style
Ed Sheeran On ’The A-Team’
Ed Sheeran On His Live Shows
“Give Me Love (Live)”
“Lego House (Live)”