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Ed Sheeran aimed to please fans at Staples Center — but what about himself?

Ed Sheeran was about halfway through his briskly paced concert Thursday night at Staples Center — the first of three this week for the British singer and songwriter behind the biggest album of 2017 — when he took a moment to let the capacity crowd in on his creative process.The next song he wanted to play, he said, was one of the last he wrote for “÷” (pronounced “divide”), which was released in March and has moved more than 2 million sales-and-streaming units in the United States, according to Nielsen Music.After the record came out, Sheeran discovered that “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” wasn’t getting as much attention as other tunes on “÷,” including the proudly anthemic “Castle on ...