FIF: Ed Sheeran
You may have heard of him...
HELLO there and welcome along to MTV Breaks’ weekly feature “F**k it!” Friday – where we celebrate all the celebs who made it big-time by saying “f**k it!” (probably) and chasing their dreams.
Because at the end of the day, it’s not about having big ideas, it’s all about having the confidence and willpower to pursue them.
So who’s up next in the FIF roll call of honour…? It’s ED SHEERAN.
Now you may have heard a lot about Ed recently, seeing as he’s just broken several WORLD RECORDS during the release of his newest album ÷. According to the Guinness World Records it became the fastest-selling pop album in the UK by a male artist of all time, it sold more copies in its first week than the rest of the UK’s Top 500 albums combined, PLUS he’s got 16 tracks in the UK Top 20 – the record for the most simultaneous UK top 20 singles.
Ok, breathe. And that’s only the latest in a long string of successes. Ed’s won Grammys, Brit Awards, MTV awards, and written many songs that you may not know he wrote for artists like Olly Murs, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Jessie Ware. His single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was the first to stay in the Official Singles Chart Top 40 for a full YEAR.
But we aren’t here to celebrate Ed as he is now – there’s enough of that going on already.
No, we’re here to celebrate what he was…
Which was a geeky young boy from Suffolk who was passionate about music from a very young age and spent all his time making it. In fact, he loved music so much that he decided to drop out of school at just 16 and move to London to pursue it as a career. Bold AF.
Basically Ed just said a big fat “f**k it!” (probably) and decided his dream career was worth chasing, at any cost. Upon moving to London he emailed every music promotor on the site musicborn.com (around 300 of them) asking for gigs. And it worked – but trying to make it in London wasn’t easy. Ed spent three years doing gigs, getting paid in beer, and catching up on sleep on trains, without being able to shower. He was even selling CDs to buy train tickets and food – it was a pure survival game.
He carried on anyway, even when he had no money, and even when he felt like giving up. But it paid off - when he played “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on SBTV in 2011 he caught Example’s eye (who he went on to tour with later) and the pair did a hilarious improv tune all about Nandos on YouTube called The Nando’s Skank. It blew up, and it got him a lot of attention.
It was when he caught the eye of Elton John that he really made it, and Ed is still signed with Rocket Music (the music company that Elton co-founded) to this day. Not bad, Ed, not bad.
Ed is now one of the biggest male popstars in the world, but there’s no way he’d be there if he hadn’t stuck to his guns, put all his energy and passion into music and chased his dreams. He is the ultimate “f**k it!” mastermind, and he’s well deserving of the FIF crown this week.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!
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