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Fact #151984


Short story:

Ed Sheeran releases his debut single, The A Team, with a video which cost £20 to make. It will debut at No.3 in the UK singles chart and make the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and The Netherlands.

Full article:

Ed Sheeran : I have a friend who works at a homeless shelter every Christmas. He asked me to go along one year and play some songs for the people there.

I met a girl called Angel, who was this amazing girl who really stood out – mainly because she was the only girl in the shelter and everyone else was male. I learned a lot about Angel, the unfortunate ways she earned her money on the street, and the things she did with it when she had it – it was a very bleak story.

I spent some time with her playing her favourite songs, and then wrote The A Team for her.
(Source : East Anglian Daily Times, Oct 2011)

Ed Sheeran : I’m prepared for it to go Top 40 and I’ll be happy with that. I released the song independently last year and I’ve already sold 1,200 copies. I don’t think I can really sell another 90,000 (to get to number one). Hopefully it has opened up a market and people will be ready for the next single.
(Source : East Anglian Daily Times, Jun 15, 2011)