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About Perfect

"Perfect" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran from his third studio album, ÷ (2017). After the album's release, it charted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. On 21 August 2017, Billboard announced that "Perfect" would be the fourth single from the album. The song was serviced to pop radio on 26 September 2017 as the third single from the album in the United States (fourth overall). The song eventually reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 2017. "Perfect" became the UK Christmas number-one song for 2017 and also peaked at number one in sixteen other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. The second version of the single, titled "Perfect Duet", with American singer Beyoncé was released on 1 December 2017. Another duet with Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, titled "Perfect Symphony", was released on 15 December 2017. The song and its official music video received three nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. 


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I found a love for me
Darling just dive right in
And follow my lead
Well I found a girl beautiful and sweet 
I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love

Not knowing what it was
I will not give you up this time
But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own
And in your eyes you're holding mine

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight

Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own
We are still kids, but we're so in love
Fighting against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I'll be your man
I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight

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Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Halifax, before moving to Framlingham. He learned to play guitar and started writing songs at a young age. He began recording in 2005 and moved to London in 2008 to pursue a music career. In 2009, he played 312 gigs. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project which led him to be signed to Asylum / Atlantic Records. Buoyed by the commercial breakthrough of the singles "The A Team" and "Lego House", his debut album + has been certified quintuple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2012, he won two BRIT Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough of… more »

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Written by: Edward Christopher Sheeran

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21 facts about this song

Song Inspiration
"Perfect" was inspired by Ed Sheeran's now-wife, Cherry Seaborn, whom he had reportedly started dating in 2015.
Album Feature
The song is featured on Ed Sheeran's third studio album "Divide."
Single Release
"Perfect" was released as the album's fourth single in September 2017.
Songwriting Credit
Notably, Ed Sheeran is solely credited as the songwriter of "Perfect."
Chart Performance
"Perfect" topped the charts in 17 countries, including the US, UK, and Australia.
Song Composition
"Perfect" is composed in the key of Ab major and has a tempo of 63 beats per minute.
Music Video
The music video accompanying the song is shot in the Austrian Alps and features actress Zoey Deutch.
Global Recognition
In 2019, Billboards named "Perfect" as the seventh biggest song of the decade on the UK Singles Chart.
Multiple Versions
There are three versions of "Perfect" - the original, an acoustic version, and a duet with Beyoncé called "Perfect Duet."
High Sales
"Perfect" is certified as a multi-platinum single in several countries. In the UK alone, the song is certified as a double platinum record.
Grammy Nomination
The song was nominated for "Best Pop Solo Performance" at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The duet version of "Perfect" with Beyoncé helped the song return to number one on the Billboard charts, giving Beyonce her sixth US number one and extending Ed Sheeran's reign at number one.
ESL Teaching
"Perfect" is commonly used as a teaching tool in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms due to its clear lyricism and universal themes.
Album Sales
With the help of hits like "Perfect," the album "Divide" was the world's best-selling album of 2017.
Live Performance
"Perfect" has become one of Ed Sheeran's most performed songs on tour.
Music Style
The song is considered a romantic ballad featuring elements of folk-pop and acoustic.
The song’s popularity has led to its frequent use in first dance wedding choreography and numerous covers on social media platforms.
The song lasts for four minutes and twenty-three seconds.
The song gained significant popularity in movies and TV shows and was notably featured in the season two finale of "Riverdale."
Lyrics Analyses
The first line "I found a love for me" is believed to be a subtle nod to Ed Sheeran's personal love story.
"Perfect" received Diamond certification by the RIAA in September 2018, one of the highest recognitions in the music industry, signifying sales and streams of 10 million units in the United States.

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