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Ed Sheeran Lighting It Up In North America; After Instant Sell-Outs, Toronto and Vancouver Shows Move To Larger Venues!
July 09 2012

ED SHEERAN LIGHTING IT UP IN NORTH AMERICA;

AFTER INSTANT SELL-OUTS, TORONTO AND VANCOUVER SHOWS MOVE TO LARGER VENUES;

â+â IS A TOP 10 ALBUM IN CANADA FOR 3 WEEKS IN A ROW




Elektra recording artist Ed Sheeran is proving to be as much a phenomenon here in North America as he is in his native England. In response to his rapidly increasing popularity, the British troubadour has just added a number of new dates to his upcoming North American headline tour, much of which had already sold out within minutes of going on sale. As well, his Toronto and Vancouver shows have moved to larger venues, after both shows sold out in minutes when they went on sale last month.

The tour will now get underway September 8th at Orlandoâs Beacham Theatre, followed by newly announced stops in Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Columbus, Ohio (see attached itinerary).

For presale information regarding all newly announced dates, fans are advised to sign up to the official Ed Sheeran mailing list at www.edsheeran.com. In addition to regular news updates and other exclusive announcements, new subscribers will receive a free download of Sheeranâs âTHE ONE TAKE EP.â

The eagerly anticipated tour follows the recent chart success of Sheeranâs acclaimed debut album, â+.â Fueled by the hit single, âThe A Team,â the album entered the Canadian and U.S. album charts at No. 5. In Canada, the album has been top 10 since its release on June 12. The albumâs first single, âThe A Team,â has become a multi-format radio hit in Canada.

Along with its popular success, â+â has quickly earned Sheeran widespread acclaim, including rave reviews in such national publications as Entertainment Weekly and People, which awarded the album 3-and-a-half (out of 4) stars, noting that Sheeranâs âfolkified tunes (evoke) James Blunt and Damien Riceâ while also â(boasting) a bit oâ B-boy swagger.â

Furthermore, many of Sheeranâs musical peers have taken to Twitter to declare their own love for the album. Taylor Swift recently declared â+â to be her âfavorite album right now,â while One Directionâs Louis Tomlinson went even further, pronouncing â+â his âfavorite album of the last 12 months.â

Sheeran marked the North American release of â+â with visits to NBCâs TODAY and VH1âs Big Morning Buzz Live, followed by a stop in Toronto on June 17 to perform at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards.

The dates came hot on the heels of Sheeranâs stellar appearance at The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert, where he celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIâs reign by sharing the stage with such rock royalty as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and Sir Tom Jones.

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Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Sheeran is a genuine phenomenon. Inspired by such diverse artists as James Morrison, Damien Rice, and Jay-Z, the gifted tunesmith, his major label debut single, âThe A Team,â arrived in June 2011 and instantly proved an unqualified sensation, entering among the top 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The track spent 11 consecutive weeks in the U.K. Top 10, making history as 2011âs highest charting, biggest selling debut single.

Sheeranâs full-length debut, â+,â soon followed, featuring a host of truly special songs, from the heart-wrenching âSmall Bumpâ to the hushed âGive Me Love.â The album exploded onto the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 4x platinum.

In addition to their popular success, Sheeran and â+â received extensive acclaim, including the prestigious âBreakthrough Artistâ trophy at the Q Awards 2011. Even greater accolades came in early 2012 as Sheeran emerged victorious with a pair of top 2011 Brit Awards â including âBest Male Artistâ and âBest Breakthrough Artistâ â after having led the field with a remarkable four total nods. Furthermore, âThe A Teamâ received the high honor of a 2012 Ivor Novello Award nomination in the âBest Song Musically and Lyricallyâ category.

Released in December 2011, Sheeranâs U.S. debut EP, âTHE A TEAM,â features four extraordinary tracks previously unavailable stateside, including, of course, âThe A Team.â A special iTunes version of the EP â available exclusively on the iTunes Store â is augmented by an additional track, âGrade 8 (Live At The iTunes Festival London).â

As energetic and engaging on stage as he is on record, Sheeran spent much of last year doing what he does best â playing sold out shows all over the U.K., including acclaimed festival appearances at such annual extravaganzas as Glastonbury, Lovebox, Bestival, Latitude, and Reading & Leeds Festivals. After kicking off the new year with a handful of sold-out shows in NYC and LA, Sheeran was a standout performer at this yearâs South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. Sheeran recently concluded his debut North American tour, serving as special guest alongside Snow Patrol. A further series of U.K. and European festivals are scheduled for the summer, as is a fully sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand. Sheeranâs biggest U.K. tour thus far will follow in the fall, featuring sold out multiple night stands in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Doncaster, Newcastle, and Glasgow.

As if all that werenât enough, Sheeran kickstarted 2012 with âTHE SLUMDON BRIDGE EP,â a four-song collaboration with Shady Records/Get-O-Vision Entertainment/Interscope Records recording artist Yelawolf. Initially released as a free Valentineâs Day download, the acclaimed EP is available now via all digital retailers.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please see www.edsheeran.com, www.twitter.com/EdSheeran and www.facebook.com/EdSheeranMusic

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ED SHEERAN

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012





JULY

24 New York, NY Irving Plaza



SEPTEMBER

8 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre

9 Charlotte, NC Amosâ Southend Music Hall

10 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

11 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom

17 Toronto, ON Echo Beach @ Molson Canadian â NEW VENUE

18 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal - SOLD OUT!


19 Boston, MA House of Blues â SOLD OUT!

21 New York, NY Terminal 5 â SOLD OUT!

22 Washington, DC 9:30 Club â SOLD OUT!

23 Philadelphia, PA River Stage @ Pennâs Landing â NEW VENUE

25 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

26 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre

28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre â SOLD OUT!



OCTOBER

1 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

2 San Diego, CA House of Blues

4 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre â NEW VENUE

5 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre â NEW VENUE

6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SoDo â SOLD OUT!
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