The song was released on 20 June as part of his second studio album, x. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number It was inspired by the events following the Grammy Awards , wherein his single " The A Team " was nominated for Song of the Year , a first Grammy nomination for Sheeran.
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Along with his girlfriend, Sheeran attended the after-party where he, being in a new experience, felt uninterested participating in the conversations. According to Sheeran, "neither of [them] wanted to be there - you just want to be with this one person". The song's title is a reference to Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain. According to Sheeran, the hue of his lady's eyes are as blue as the seas in Tenerife, "seriously blue, like electric blue ".
However, the song had been performed live in both the US and Sheeran's home country prior to the parent album's release. The song was particularly popular in streaming services on theme-specific playlists. In April , commercial streaming company Spotify released a report of the most-streamed tracks worldwide under the category sleep.
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In an article written for Valentine's Day, Marika Azzopardi of The Malta Independent compiled "some great moments of love in the arts",  including "Tenerife Sea" among other songs. Azzopardi writes that Sheeran "goes all soft and summery" with the song.
This chart activity is ascribed to the acoustic version performed by Jame McVey, guitarist of the British pop group The Vamps , whose video was uploaded in YouTube. Credits adapted from x album liner notes: .
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