Album of the Day
Ed Sheeran's high school classmates voted him “most likely to be famous” and within a few years he proved them right – the British singer-songwriter has become one of the world's best-selling artists. Following several self-released E.P.s and indefatigable gigging, his debut album PLUS (or +) was released 10 years ago today, and the talent that turned the likes of Jamie Foxx and Elton John into Sheeran boosters is on full display. Shifting skillfully from melodic balladry to hip-hop beats, these dozen originals are sure to strike a chord with listeners, and “The A Team,” “You Need Me, I Don't Need You” and “Lego House” were all Top 10 U.K. singles. PLUS helped the performer earn a pair of Brit Awards and was a hit stateside as well, reaching the Billboard Top 10 and passing platinum status.