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Ed Sheeran's looks left recording contract in jeopardy


Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was snubbed by record label bosses due to his red hair and chubby shape.

The Brit enjoyed a stellar breakthrough with his debut "+" in 2011, and has since gone on to sell millions of copies of the album around the world. However, Sheeran reveals he had a battle on his hands to convince industry executives that his image would not hamper his ability to win over fans.

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"Every single label I had gone to at the time had told me this song wasn't a hit. They said this song wouldn't work," he said. "And the fact that I was slightly chubby and ginger was not a good 'marketing tool' for them. So it did definitely feel like it wasn't going to happen."

Sheeran was eventually signed by bosses at Asylum Records after amassing a huge online following thanks to his independent EP releases, and now he insists he is proud of his looks: "Being an individual makes you stand out from the crowd."

Jul 2, 2013 12:41PM
So, why is Clay Aiken getting a recording contract then? How about the pre-weight loss Jennifer Hudson? It's about talent, well, okay.... it's about what the agents and producers can make off the talent. There are people with zero talent (hello Katy Perry) getting record deals. Something else went down for him to be "snubbed."
Jul 2, 2013 12:27PM
is he related to the singer known as Simply Red?
Jul 2, 2013 12:25PM

"Being an individual makes you stand out from the crowd."


Wow. Thought that up all by himself, I'll wager.

Jul 2, 2013 12:15PM
He looks a little like The Hobbit. And that is NOT a bad thing, LOL.
Jul 2, 2013 12:14PM
How about Lyle Lovett.....If someone grabbed him they would drop him at the first streetlight . And guess who he got to marry ?
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