Album of the Day
Ed Sheeran's high school classsmates 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 in 2011, 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. The album helped the performer earn a pair of Brit Awards and was a hit stateside as well, reaching the Billboard Top 10. We'll give the platinum-certified PLUS another spin now to wish Ed Sheeran a happy birthday.