Musician and singer Ed Sheeran became a sensation in the music industry, amassing a huge collection of fans and admirers. The native of Halifax, England achieved remarkable success in his music career. In fact, current estimates place his net worth at an estimated $65 million. But how did Sheeran make this staggering fortune? Here are a few insights on the history and evolution of his career and how he did it.
He started out early
Ed has always been fond of music and he learned how to play the guitar at a young age. In addition to this, he also tried his hand at songwriting while he was still just a youngster. Ed Sheeran was off to a good start.
First EP release
Sheeran released his very first EP, named "The Orange Room" when he was 14 years of age. This was the beginning of what would become a lucrative profession. Within a few short years, he made a commitment to pursue and achieve his musical goals and dreams. Ed took a bag of clothes, his guitar and nothing else and relocated to London. It was his desire to become a full time musician, singer and songwriter.
A successful experience in London
Ed's obvious talent began to bring recognition and appreciation as soon as audiences became aware of his music. Starting in 2006, Ed Sheeran hit the music circuit and he was fortunate enough to land 300 shows between '06 and '09. Fans truly enjoyed his music and it shows in the massive demand for the stream of EPs that were soon thereafter released. It seemed like an exponential chain of events that begun when Ed started performing live shows in London. His fan base grew steadily and to this day it continues to get bigger.
Social media presence
Ed Sheeran made a series of YouTube videos. He was hoping that the right person would see the clip. This happened in grand style. Rapper Example was so impressed that he invited Ed to go on tour with him. It was because of the amateur video that Ed had uploaded to the popular site, that Example made Ed an offer that would change his life. Touring with the rapper allowed Sheeran to get out there more, in front of people who responded much better than Sheeran had even hoped for.
More exposure for Ed Sheeran
Jamie Foxx invited Ed to stop by and appear on his show This put Ed She homes of millions via television. It was the type of breakthrough that Sheeran needed to achieve if he had planned to for financial success, and better yet, his own unique branding.
The contracts begun to roll in
After Sheeran's appearance on the Sirius satellite radio show, there would be a steady stream of contract offers rolling in. This gave Sheeran a big career boost. He signed a contract with Atlantic and the label released his first major album titled "Plus." This release took him to dizzying heights of popularity and the album sold over a million copies in a relatively short period of time. If you were wondering how Ed Sheeran made his millions, he did it through his amazing music career.
Just the beginning
After his "Multiply" album was released, Ed let adoring fans know that he needed to take a break from it all. He didn't just disappear without saying a word, but he did exit the spotlight for a few years. It didn't take away from the fact that fans still loved his music and were looking forward to his return. When he came back after the short hiatus, he picked up where he had left off with album number three, titled "Divide." It went to number one on Billboard's album chart, then his "Shape of You" single climbed to the top of the charts and remained there for over 8 weeks consecutively.
Back on the scene and as good as ever
Sheeran came back with a renewed vitality and he was just as popular, if not a little more, than when he made his brief departure from touring. In his thoughtful and gentlemanly handling of fans, he brought back his social media sites and began interacting with fans once again. He's a multiple award winning musician who received numerous accolades for albums, his breakout status, song of the year, favorite male artist and many others. He proved that he's got what it takes to make it in the music business and made a $65 million fortune to show for his efforts.
Written by Garrett Parker
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