BACKGROUND• "The A Team" came from an experience I had when I did a gig at a homeless shelter," says Sheeran of the song. "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 wouldnt really know what its about, because its quite a dark subject."• In a video interview with Billboard, Sheeran explained the songs title. "A drug like crack cocaine is called a class A drug. Thats in the same category as heroin. Instead of making it clear and just saying what the problem was, Id say, Shes in the class A team. It was kind of my way of covering up (a persons addiction), I guess, making it a bit more subtle." The single was released 1 May 2011, in the UK through Atlantic Records. In U.S. "The A Team" was serviced to radio format Adult album alternative (also triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) on 27 February
CHARACTERS & LOCATION• NICOLE MCMILLAN- MAIN CHARACTER• CHELSEA EADY – MAIN CHARACTER• NIAMH – UNDERSTUDY• FRIEND- CHEYENNE• PUBLIC – HAVE TO BE ON A BUSY DAY• LALITA’S ROOM/SHED FOR FIRST SCENEDARK/NIGHT TIME OR DAYTIME WITH CURTAINS DRAWN• GREENWICH PARK FOR 1’ST OUTDOOR SCENEMORNING TIME, VERY EARLY, MINIMAL PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE• ANGEL TRAIN STATION FOR HOMELESS SCENEHANDING OUT LEAFLETS, LOTS OF PEOPLE AROUNDBRIGHT LIGHTING, MIDDLE OF THE DAY• LALITA’S OUTDOOR SHED FOR GETTING READY SCENE• BEXLEYHEATH CAR PARK FOR PROSTITUTION SCENE
CLOTHING & MAKEUP • BLACK JACKET • WHITE/GREY HOODIE • OLD SLEEPING BAG/THIN QUILT • TORN FISHNET TIGHTS • KITTEN HEELED BOOTS • HOOPED EARRINGS • BLACK SHORTS/SKIRTS • MAKEUP • DARK EYE MAKEUP • SMUDGED MASCARA • THIN EYELASHES • MESSY DARK BROWN HAIR
PRODUCTIONHe told The Sun July 15, 2011: "I wrote that song last year in a student flat in Guildford. I recorded it for less than £200 andmade the video for under £20. In two weeks wed sold 200,000 copies. Ive made a song about a homeless prostitute whohas been able to get on A-list radio."When Sheeran made a video to accompany the original recording of this song in 2010, it cost him only £20 to make. Youngphotographer Ruskin Kyle shot the updated video on location in Angel, London.Sheeran told the story of the song to Q magazine: "I played at a Christmas gig for the homeless charity Crisis. I met thishomeless there and her story inspired me to write a song. I wrote a tune about a similar situation, not entirely based onher, because I didnt want to pinch someone elses story."Sheeran told Q magazine: "After it got into the charts I got lots of messages from parents saying that something similar hadhappened to their daughters. When I wrote it I never thought that it would connect with so many people, but its great ithas."+ debuted at #1 and was the ninth biggest-selling album of 2011 in the UK. The album returned to the peak position on thealbum chart on January 1, 2012, and for a second time on January 29, 2012. The 20,607 copies sold on the latter datemarked the lowest weekly sales for a chart-topping LP since the Levellers Zeitgeist reached the summit in 1995 with salesof 13,885.Sheeran told Q magazine: "The video for The A Team was done for £20. I was living with this amazing actress and she hada friend who wanted to make a music video for me. So I said, Cool, give him The a Team and she said, Id love to playAngel. So we had a meeting and they said, Well, we need to buy a crack pipe and some fishnets. So I gave them £20. Theywent off for a week, rang me once to do a cameo, then came back with the finished video."Sheeran explained the song title to Billboard magazine in a video interview: "A drug like crack cocaine is called a class Adrug. Thats in the same category as heroin. Instead of making it clear and just saying what the problem was, Id say, Shesin the class A team. It was kind of my way of covering up (a persons addiction), I guess, making it a bit more subtle."This was named best song musically and lyrically at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards. The honors are one of the highestregarded within the UK music industry as they are voted for by a pool of songwriters and composers.
Target audience:Our target audience is youngpeople from 15-25 this is becausethis audience would be able torelate to the theme of the songwhich a based upon a young girlwho is struggling to make endsmeat and turns to drugs andprostitution so that she canprovide for herself.
LIMITATIONS• LIGHTING- BLACK AND WHITE FILM• OUTSIDE A TRAIN STATION- BUSY• FNDING A CAR AND DRIVER FOR PROSTITUTE SCENE• IDEAS VS TECHNOLOGY