Edward Christopher Sheeran, is an English singer, guitarist, record producer, actor. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, +, was released in September 2011, it topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for British Breakthrough Act. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John. His second studio album, x, was released in June 2014, it peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors.
His single from x, "Thinking Out Loud", earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In May 2016, x was named the second-best-selling album worldwide of 2015. Sheeran's third album, ÷, was released in March 2017; the album debuted at number one in the US and other major markets. The first two singles from the album, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill", were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany, by debuting in the top two positions of the charts, he became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week. By March 2017, Sheeran had accumulated ten top 10 singles from ÷ on the UK Singles Chart, breaking the record for most top 10 UK singles from one album, his fourth single from ÷, "Perfect", reached number one in the US, Australia and the UK, where it became the Christmas number one in 2017. In April 2018, ÷ was named the best-selling album worldwide of 2017.
Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. Two of his albums are in the list of the best-selling albums in UK chart history: x at number 20, ÷ at number 34. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, as an actor Sheeran has portrayed a recurring role on The Bastard Executioner, in 2019, he will appear in the Richard Curtis/Danny Boyle film Yesterday. Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire on 17 February 1991; when he was a child, he moved with his family from Hebden Bridge to Framlingham in Suffolk. He has an older brother named Matthew. Sheeran's parents and Imogen, are from London, his paternal grandparents are Irish, Sheeran has stated that his father is from a "very large" Catholic family. John is an art curator and lecturer, Imogen is a culture publicist turned jewellery designer, his parents ran Sheeran Lock, an independent art consultancy, from 1990 to 2010. Sheeran sang in a local church choir from the age of four, learned to play the guitar during his time at Rishworth School, began writing songs while at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham.
He was accepted at the National Youth Theatre in London as a teenager. He auditioned for Youth Music Theatre UK in 2007 and joined their production of Frankenstein in Plymouth, he is a patron of Youth Music Theatre UK and of Access to Music, where he studied Artist Development. Sheeran is a second cousin of Northern Irish broadcaster Gordon Burns, who hosted the British game show The Krypton Factor. Sheeran began recording music in 2004, independently released his first collection of work, Spinning Man, he has been friends with fellow English singer, since he was 15, with the two playing on the same gig in Cambridge. He moved to London in 2008, began playing in small venues. In 2008, he auditioned for Britannia High, he opened for Nizlopi in Norwich in April 2008, after being one of their guitar technicians. He released another EP in 2009, You Need Me, just before going on tour with Just Jack, he did a few collaborations with Essex singer, Leddra Chapman, including CeeLo Green's "Fuck You". In February 2010, Sheeran posted a video through SB.
TV, rapper Example invited Sheeran to tour with him. In the same month, he released his critically acclaimed Loose Change EP, which featured his future debut single, "The A Team". In the autumn of 2009, Sheeran began studying music at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey as an undergraduate, though it is not clear how long he remained at the college. Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan-base grew, with him receiving praise from The Independent newspaper and Elton John, he played a Station Session in St. Pancras International in June 2010; the episode is unavailable from the official Station Sessions channel. Sheeran self-released two other EPs in 2010, Ed Sheeran: Live at the Bedford and Songs I Wrote with Amy, a collection of love songs he wrote in Wales with Amy Wadge. In 2010 he was in Los Angeles and was invited to perform at The Foxxhole, a club run by actor Jamie Foxx, which ended with an invitation to stay at Foxx's home.
On 8 January 2011, Sheeran released another independent EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project, featuring grime artists such as Wiley, Devlin and Ghetts. With this EP, Sheeran gained mainstream attention for reaching number 2 in the iTunes chart without any promotion or label, selling over 7,000 copies
Swear It Again
"Swear It Again" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on April 19, 1999 in the United Kingdom, on February 25, 2000 in the United States as the first single from their self-titled debut album Westlife; this is the best-selling debut single of all-time from an Irish citizen. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in May 1999, it moved to 182,000 units in the first two weeks of its release, spent 13 weeks on the charts. This made it the first of fourteen UK number-one singles. To date, "Swear It Again" is Westlife's only single to have charted in the US, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ranking number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts, in 2000; the song was performed live on Miss Teen USA 2000. The single has sold over 600,000 copies to date in the UK and the US and achieved gold status there, it is the band's ninth most streamed song, fifth best selling single in combined sales category and seventh best selling single in paid-for sales category in the United Kingdom as of January 2019.
While it is their fifth most streamed song of all time from their home country, the Republic of Ireland as of 2 April 2019. "Swear It Again" is notable for being, along with "Flying Without Wings", one of the first two songs that Steve Mac wrote for both Westlife and Simon Cowell. The success of the two tracks led to Mac becoming songwriter, it was revealed that Cowell let his late father Eric Cowell listen to all of the songs recorded by the band at that time and decide what will be the debut single and "Swear It Again" was his choice. His father died during the premiere week of the release of the single; the song's B-side, "Forever", was a significant choice because it was the song - as recorded by Damage - that first alerted Cowell to the talent of Steve Mac and led to the producer working with Westlife. It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in A major, with Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of B3 to F#5, it was supposed to be released in 26 March 1999 but was pushed back to 12 April 1999.
An exclusive live track version of the single was included in the Arista Records 25th anniversary compilation album in 2000. The British music video features the band members in a mini theatre and singing on a stage fitted with lighting panel flooring while they face a screen with black-and-white videos of their studio recording process; this version was directed by Wayne Isham and aired in May 1999. The video was shot at Pinewood Studios in March 1999; the American music video features the band members at a car wash and subsequently washing a white car as they're singing the song. This version was directed by Nigel Dick and aired in June 2000. Where Dreams Come True Tour World of Our Own Tour Unbreakable Tour Turnaround Tour The Number Ones Tour Face To Face Tour Back Home Tour Where We Are Tour The Farewell Tour Right Here Tour Boyzlife Tour United KingdomCD1"Swear It Again" - 4:04 "Forever" - 5:05 "Interview" CD2"Swear It Again" - 4:04 "Swear It Again" - 4:07 "Interview" - 3:36Japan"Swear It Again" - 4:04 "Until the End of Time" - 3:12 "Forever" - 5:05 "Everybody Knows" - 4:09 "Let's Make Tonight Special" - 4:57 "Don't Calm the Storm" - 3:47 "Interview" - 3:36America"Swear It Again" - 4:04 "Album Snippet Medley" - 4:55
Steve McCutcheon, known professionally as Steve Mac, is a British record producer and musician. A multi-award-winning producer, he is one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers in modern British music, with contributions to 30 number one singles in the UK Singles Chart. Mac got his break in the music industry in the early 90s when he wrote and produced the Nomad hit " Devotion" that reached no.2 in the UK singles charts. He met songwriter Wayne Hector, with the pair striking up a partnership that has seen them co-write and produce a range of chart songs. Mac has gone on to work with some of the most recognised names in the music industry, he has written, co-written and produced hits for musicians including Ed Sheeran, Pink and Little Mix, many other UK and international singers. From his Rokstone Studios in Parsons Green, the artists he has written and produced for have racked up over 200 million sales worldwide during his career; as well as a string of no.1 UK and international hits, Mac has penned top 10 singles for artists such as Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, One Direction, The Saturdays, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora, among others.
The producer has had a long-standing collaboration with Irish boyband, dating back to the late 1990s. This artistic partnership resulted in him co-writing and producing four no.1 UK singles for the band. He has co-produced another five produced three top five singles. Mac co-wrote and produced the band's 2000 hit Christmas single, “What Makes a Man” reaching no.2 in the UK singles chart. Mac won the first of his two Brit Awards in 2010 for co-writing and producing the no.1 single “Beat Again” for British pop/R&B band, JLS. In 2012, the producer worked with a host of artists including Little Mix, The Wanted, The Saturdays, Susan Boyle, Il Divo and Gareth Gates. Mac was recognised in 2012, again in 2013 by picking up the ASCAP Song of the Year Award; the awards were in recognition of co-writing and producing the hits “Glad You Came” for The Wanted, “You Make Me Feel…” by Cobra Starship, respectively. Between 2013 and 2015, Mac worked with several musicians include James Blunt, John Newman, Union J, Calvin Harris, The Vamps and Demi Lovato.
He made several contributions to both James Blunt's Moon Landing album that reached no.2 in the UK album chart and The Vamps’ Wake Up album, a top 10 hit. Mac scored another number one hit in 2016 with “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie; the song reached the top of the UK singles chart. The single won in the EDM Winning Songs category alongside his other co-produced track for Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson, “Symphony”. In 2017, Mac picked up the Songwriter of the Year and Producer of the Year at the Music Business Worldwide A&R Awards and the ASCAP Founders Award for “his pioneering contribution to music, global success and a 27 year body of work”; the same year, Mac co-wrote the no.1 single “Shape of You” for Ed Sheeran. The song broke chart history, spending 14 weeks at the top of the UK charts, remaining in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for 33 weeks, it claimed the unique achievement of being the most-streamed song of all time on Spotify. He received another Grammy nomination for Pink's US No. 1 single "What About Us", which he wrote and produced.
2018 saw the producer work with some of music's most prolific names such as Scottish group Chvrches, Years & Years, Celine Dion, Little Mix, Craig David and Westlife. Mac won the 2018 Brit Award for British Producer of the Year; as well as the Brit Award, he won both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year at the Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2018 in LA. In another award recognising Mac's work, the multi-platinum hit “Shape of You” he co-wrote and produced for Ed Sheeran picked up both a Grammy Award and the Ivor Novello Award for PRS for Music Most Performed Work in 2017. Brit Awards 2018: British Producer of the Year 35th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2018 Songwriter of the Year: Song of the Year – Shape of You, Ed Sheeran | Strip That Down, Liam Payne ft. Quavo | Rockabye, Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul | What About Us, P!nk Music Business Worldwide A&R Awards 2017 Producer of the Year Songwriter of the Year ASCAP Song of the Year Awards 2013 Glad You Came, The Wanted: ASCAP Song of the Year Awards 2012 You Make Me Feel...
Cobra Starship: Brit Awards 2010 Song of the Year: Beat Again, JLS Steve Mac on Discogs
"Fool Again" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on 27 March 2000 as the last single from their self-titled debut album, it spent 12 weeks on charts. It sold over 215,000 copies in UK so far; the song debuted and peaked at number two in the band's native Ireland, making it the first Westlife song not to reach the top of the Irish chart. It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in E major, with Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of B3 to A#5. On 12 May 2018, the song was performed on South Korean music programme Immortal Songs 2 by Lee Hyun. Band member Shane Filan judged the participants, it is the band's fourteenth best selling single in paid-for sales category and thirteenth best selling single combined sales category in the United Kingdom as of January 2019. The video for the single was filmed in Mexico City, most notably in locations such as Zócalo and Ciudad Satélite; the music video on YouTube has 70 million views as of December 2018. Where Dreams Come True Tour World of Our Own Tour Unbreakable Tour The Love Tour Back Home Tour Right Here Tour Boyzlife Tour "Fool Again" - 3:49 "Tunnel of Love" - 3:09 "Fool Again" - 3:49 "Fool Again" on YouTube Official Westlife website
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
In the music industry, a single is a type of release a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song, released separately from an album, although it also appears on an album; these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released. Despite being referred to as a single, singles can include up to as many as three tracks; the biggest digital music distributor, iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks less than ten minutes each as a single, as does popular music player Spotify. Any more than three tracks on a musical release or thirty minutes in total running time is either an extended play or, if over six tracks long, an album; when mainstream music was purchased via vinyl records, singles would be released double-sided.
That is to say, they were released with an A-side and B-side, on which two singles would be released, one on each side. Moreover, only the most popular songs from a released album would be released as a single. In more contemporary forms of music consumption, artists release most, if not all, of the tracks on an album as singles; the basic specifications of the music single were set in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercially produced musical recordings. Gramophone discs were manufactured in several sizes. By about 1910, the 10-inch, 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most used format; the inherent technical limitations of the gramophone disc defined the standard format for commercial recordings in the early 20th century. The crude disc-cutting techniques of the time and the thickness of the needles used on record players limited the number of grooves per inch that could be inscribed on the disc surface, a high rotation speed was necessary to achieve acceptable recording and playback fidelity.
78 rpm was chosen as the standard because of the introduction of the electrically powered, synchronous turntable motor in 1925, which ran at 3600 rpm with a 46:1 gear ratio, resulting in a rotation speed of 78.26 rpm. With these factors applied to the 10-inch format and performers tailored their output to fit the new medium; the 3-minute single remained the standard into the 1960s, when the availability of microgroove recording and improved mastering techniques enabled recording artists to increase the duration of their recorded songs. The breakthrough came with Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Although CBS tried to make the record more "radio friendly" by cutting the performance into halves, separating them between the two sides of the vinyl disc, both Dylan and his fans demanded that the full six-minute take be placed on one side, that radio stations play the song in its entirety; as digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it has become possible for every track on an album to be available separately.
The concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more promoted or more popular song within an album collection. The demand for music downloads skyrocketed after the launch of Apple's iTunes Store in January 2001 and the creation of portable music and digital audio players such as the iPod. In September 1997, with the release of Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" for paid downloads, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell a digital single from a well-known artist. Geffen Records released Aerosmith's "Head First" digitally for free. In 2004, Recording Industry Association of America introduced digital single certification due to significant sales of digital formats, with Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becoming RIAA's first platinum digital single. In 2013, RIAA incorporated on-demand streams into the digital single certification. Single sales in the United Kingdom reached an all-time low in January 2005, as the popularity of the compact disc was overtaken by the then-unofficial medium of the music download.
Recognizing this, On 17 April 2005, Official UK Singles Chart added the download format to the existing format of physical CD singles. Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 on this chart through downloads alone in April 2006, for their debut single "Crazy", released physically the following week. On 1 January 2007 digital downloads became eligible from the point of release, without the need for an accompanying physical. Sales improved in the following years, reaching a record high in 2008 that still proceeded to be overtaken in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Singles have been issued in various formats, including 7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch vinyl discs. Other, less common, formats include singles on Digital Compact Cassette, DVD, LD, as well as many non-standard sizes of vinyl disc; the most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7-inch. The names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm, the standard diameter, 7 inches; the 7-inch 45 rpm record was released 31 March 1949 by RCA Victor as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs.
The first 45
Miss You (Westlife song)
"Miss You" is a popular song written by Jake Schulze and Rami Yacoub. It was recorded as a ballad, by the Irish boy band Westlife, but was never released as a single. In 2008, it was remade as a dance track by Swedish DJ and producer Basshunter becoming a hit single for him as "I Miss You" in 2008, notably in UK, Germany and Sweden; the original song "Miss You" appeared on Irish boy band Westlife's 1999 debut album, Westlife. Although the album produced five different singles "Swear It Again", "If I Let You Go", "Flying Without Wings", the double A-side "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" all in 1999 and "Fool Again" and a remake of "More Than Words" both released in 2000, the song "Miss You" was never released as a single; the Westlife version uses the sound of Irish instruments such as Fiddles and Bagpipes, making up a strong Irish sound. Moreover, the version is structured starting soft and low until raising to soaring melody, leaving an anthem-like feel; the song charted in Ireland despite not being released as a single.
It peaked at 96. Nearly a decade the Swedish singer and DJ Basshunter made a cover version of the song as a dance track retitling it as "I Miss You". Basshunter's track "I Miss You" featured lead vocals by the UK singer Lauren Dyson, it appeared on his 2008 album, Now You're Gone – The Album. The track was released as his fifth single from the album following "Now You're Gone" released in 2007, "All I Ever Wanted", Please Don't Go, a cover of KC and the Sunshine Band and "Angel in the Night" all in 2008; the Basshunter single was released on 15 December 2008 and peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. The song charted in Germany and Sweden; the music video was added to Hard2Beat's YouTube channel on 5 November 2008 and features a Christmas theme. Picking up where Aylar and Basshunter left off in "Angel in the Night", "I Miss You" is set amongst the mountains of Norway in a beautiful log cabin. Aylar, a gang of friends have the ultimate Christmas Day with presents, a jacuzzi, snow fights, bikinis.
2-track CD single"I Miss You" "Basshunter Megamix"Maxi CD single"I Miss You" "I Miss You" "I Miss You" "I Miss You" "I Miss You" "I Miss You" + other bonus content CreditsRami Jacobi – writer Jake Schulze – writer Basshunter – producer Scott Simons – producer Robert Uhlmann – producer Lauren Dyson – vocalist On December 14, 2008, Basshunter song "I Miss You" entered the UK Singles Chart at #86 on downloads alone and peaked at #32. Official website