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The 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

43. Ed Sheeran, +

Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Released: June 12th

Ed Sheeran is a red-headed youth from a small town in England who plays the acoustic guitar like a folk singer and spits like a grime MC. (He decided to collaborate with Yelawolf on a recent mixtape because he dug the Alabama spitter's breakneck flows.) Back home in the UK Ed's a huge star thanks to edgy songs like "The A Team," "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," and "Drunk." He even got to meet the Queen after performing at her Jubilee celebration this June. Here in the U.S. Sheeran is not quite a household name, but his album debuted in the Top 10 and once folks catch his live show, world domination can't be far behind.

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