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Ed Sheeran Announces First North American Headline Tour!
June 04 2012

ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR;

ACCLAIMED DEBUT â+â HITS NORTH AMERICA JUNE 12;

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW ON THE iTUNES STORE;

RELEASE DAY TELEVISED APPEARANCE SET FOR NBCâS TODAY


Elektra/Warner Music Canada recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced plans for his first-ever North American headline tour, beginning with two Canadian dates: September 17 in Toronto at the Kool Haus and September 18 in Montreal at Olympia de Montreal. The 14-date tour also includes a stop at Vancouverâs Commodore Ballroom on October 4.

Presale tickets for the tour will be available to members of Sheeranâs online community beginning June 5th. In addition, access to presale tickets is being offered with pre-order bundles of the British singer/songwriterâs acclaimed debut album, â+.â All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public on June 9th. For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com. U.S. dates are part of VH1âs âYou Oughta Knowâ franchise, which has helped introduce new artists to music lovers. Past artists have included Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars and Foster The People.

A record-breaking sensation in Sheeranâs native U.K., â+â arrives in Canada and the U.S. on June 12th. Pre-orders are available now on the iTunes Store (http://bit.ly/IOn8Kn), with the album offered in both Standard Version and Digital Deluxe Version, which appends four additional bonus tracks.

â+â pre-orders are also available via http://edsheeran.rhinorecords.ca. A variety of bundles are on offer, featuring such exclusive extras as a blue âCrestâ t-shirt and a âLogoâ pullover hoodie. All packages include a copy of â+,â pre-release access to a full album stream (expiring on street date), and an instant MP3 download of the recently released digital EP, âTHE A TEAM.â

Sheeran will visit NBCâs TODAY on June 12th. The appearance follows Sheeranâs recent live performances on TBSâ Conan, NBCâs Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly, and mtvUâs 2012 Woodie Awards extravaganza.

The British troubadour â who only just concluded his debut North American tour, serving as special guest alongside Snow Patrol â will further celebrate the release of â+â with a pair of major headline shows in New York City, both of which sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale. Ed will perform at Bowery Ballroom on June 11th (a 16 years old-and-over show), and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 12th. The two stateside shows follow a number of high profile performances overseas, including tonightâs appearance at The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIâs reign, where he will share the stage with such rock royalty as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, and Jay-Z.

Sheeranâs nearly non-stop North American tour schedule comes on the heels of a triumphant string of performances at this yearâs South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. Entertainment Weekly praised his âknack for manipulating samplers and voice loops, various strums, a handful of rhythmic pounds on his guitarâs body, and even the audience,â while Billboard hailed his energetic set at Nikon Inc. and Warner Music Groupâs âThe Warner Sound Captured by Nikonâ residency as âa veritable party in a single package.â

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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 first made waves with his unique style and affecting songs. A prolific writer and performer, Sheeran played constantly â including over 300 gigs in 2009 alone â while also recording and self-releasing five independent EPs. He also became a YouTube favorite, with the loop-driven âYou Need Me, I Donât Need You,â drawing over 11 million views and counting.

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 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 here in the former Colonies, 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. 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. âItâs a unique project from start to finish,â declared AllHipHop.com of the EP. âYelawolf and Ed Sheeran areâ¦the most unlikeliest of teams, but it works. Hereâs hoping that we see more of them together in the future.â

âAny true music lover would thoroughly enjoy the supernatural chemistry that oozes from this opus,â noted PlanetIll.com, adding that âif you never heard of Ed Sheeran, youâll definitely become a fan after listening to this jointâ¦Itâs only a matter of time till he catches the ear of a hip-hop heavyweight.â

ED SHEERAN

NORTH AMERICA 2012





SEPTEMBER

17 Toronto, ON Kool Haus

18 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal


19 Boston, MA House of Blues

21 New York, NY Terminal 5

22 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

25 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

26 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre

28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre



OCTOBER

1 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

2 San Diego, CA House of Blues

4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

5 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
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