STORY OF SONG
It’s a true story about a girl called Angel. In an interview with Absolute Radio, Sheeran explained that ‘The A Team’ song was based on the experiences of a particular woman at the shelter called Angel, he sings ‘Angels to fly’ line in the song, he said: “’The A Team’ came from an experience I had when I did a gig at a homeless shelter. I was 18 at the time and kind of quite naïve. So, I was a bit taken aback by some of the stories that I heard. I got home that night and I just wrote a lot of the lyrics. I wanted to write it so it sounded kind of upbeat, so you wouldn’t really know what it’s about, because it’s quite a dark subject.”
In another interview with Billboard Magazine, Sheeran stated that the song’s title, he said: “A drug like crack cocaine is called a ‘Class A drug’. That’s in the same category as heroin. Instead of making it clear and just saying what the problem was, I’d say, ‘She’s in the ‘Class A’ team.’ It was kind of my way of covering up “a person’s addiction”, I guess, making it a bit more subtle. But Sheeran also told Q magazine that the story of the song was inspired by a homeless person he met at a Christmas gig, he said: “I played at a Christmas gig for the homeless charity Crisis. I met this homeless there and her story inspired me to write a song. I wrote a tune about a similar situation, not entirely based on her, because I didn’t want to pinch someone else’s story. After it got into the charts I got lots of messages from parents saying that something similar had happened to their daughters. When I wrote it I never thought that it would connect with so many people, but it’s great it has.”
Release Date: June 12, 2011
Songwriter/s: Ed Sheeran
Label: Lava – Atlantic
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 11 on the Adult Contemporary & number 4 on the Hot rock Songs charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 2.3 million copies. In the UK, it reached number 3 on the Official Charts Company and was certified Double Platinum for sales over 1.1 million copies. ‘The A Team’ peaked at number 2 in Australia, The Netherlands and Scotland, and it peaked at number in Ireland and New Zealand. It reached the top 10 charts in several countries around the world including Germany, Japan, Luxembourg and Norway. It was certified 6 times Platinum in Australia, 5 times Platinum in Canada, Double Platinum in Norway and Sweden, and Platinum in Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland. The song was streamed over 1.8 million times in Denmark.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Edward Christopher Sheeran was 20 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Birdy – Luca Hanni – Kendall Schmidt – Niall Horan – Lucy Spraggan (The X Factor) – Mikha Angelo – Jonas Brothers – Caroline Glaser – Felicia Hallengren – St. John’s International School Choir (for the French movie “Les Gamins”) Masha – Andy Lange & Chester See – Daniela Andrade – Boyce Avenue – Luke Hemmings & Calum Hood – Fabienne (The Voice Kids 2012) – Madilyn Bailey – Kina Grannis – Megan Nicole – Alex G – Joseph Vincent – BILLbilly01 featuring Alyn – other Youtubers covered this song.