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Ed Sheeran Readies "+" For North America; U.K. Phenomenon's Debut Full Length Available June 12!
May 08 2012

ED SHEERAN READIES â+â FOR NORTH AMERICA;

U.K. PHENOMENONâS DEBUT FULL LENGTH AVAILABLE JUNE 12;

DELUXE BUNDLES AND iTUNES PRE-ORDERS BEGIN TODAY;

SERIES OF MAJOR TV PERFORMANCES TO HERALD ALBUM,

INCLUDING TBSâ CONAN ON MAY 8TH AND A RELEASE-DAY APPEARANCE ON NBCâS TODAY




Elektra recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced an array of activity surrounding the eagerly awaited North American release of his acclaimed debut album, â+.â A record-breaking sensation in the British singer/songwriterâs native U.K., â+â arrives on these shores on June 12th.

Pre-orders for â+â are available on the iTunes Store now. The album is being offered in both a Standard Version (http://bit.ly/KDcDw0) and Digital Deluxe Version (http://bit.ly/IOn8Kn), which appends four additional bonus tracks (see attached tracklisting).

Meanwhile, â+â pre-orders are available now at 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 (in CD, digital, or orange vinyl), a full album stream (expiring on street date), and an instant MP3 download of the recently released digital EP, âTHE A TEAM.â

Also available at iTunes now is Sheeranâs four-song collaboration with Shady Records/Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment/ Interscope Records recording artist Yelawolf, âTHE SLUMDON BRIDGE EP.â âThe collaboration with Yelawolf came about through me just being a big fan of his work, and wanting to make some interesting music with him. I reached out, he said yes, we had 10 hours in a studio together and made 4 songs, which I love. I think the EP is a good fusion of both worlds; he's such a talented musician, and a great person,â Sheeran says of working with Yelawolf and the process behind âTHE SLUMDON BRIDGE EP.â

Sheeran â who has been named as VH1âs âYou Oughta Knowâ artist on the rise for the month of May â has slated a number of high profile TV performances for the coming weeks. The British troubadour will perform his blockbuster single, âThe A Team,â on the Tuesday, May 8th installment of TBSâ Conan (Comedy/CTV in Canada), followed on June 12th with a release-day visit to NBCâs TODAY. The upcoming appearances follow Sheeranâs recent live performances on NBCâs Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly, and mtvUâs 2012 Woodie Awards extravaganza.

Currently winning over fans on his first-ever North American tour (alongside Snow Patrol), Sheeran will 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. A new series of North American tour dates will be announced soon â please see www.edsheeran.com for details.

His set at last monthâs show at Torontoâs Massey Hall earned him rave reviews in the local press. Sheeran had the audience âwrapped around his fingers,â said the National Post. The Toronto Sun observed that Ed âtried in vain to calm his young female fans down, sometimes even climbing up on a speaker⦠He pleaded to no avail.â

The current tour schedule comes on the heels of Sheeranâs 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 5 million views and counting. His YouTube channel now boasts over 100 million video views.

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 3x 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./Canada 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, Bestial, Latitude, and Reading & Leeds Festivals. Sheeran is currently slated to join such rock royalty as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, and Jay-Z in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIâs reign at The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert, set for June 4th outside Buckingham Palace. 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

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please see www.edsheeran.com.



ED SHEERAN

â+â

Pre-Orders Available Now on The iTunes Store

Official Release Date: June 12th




Standard Version:


1. The A Team

2. Drunk

3. U.N.I.

4. Grade 8

5. Wake Me Up

6. Small Bump

7. This

8. The City

9. Lego House

10. You Need Me, I Don't Need You

11. Kiss Me

12. Give Me Love



Digital Deluxe Version:

1. The A Team

2. Drunk

3. U.N.I.

4. Grade 8

5. Wake Me Up

6. Small Bump

7. This

8. The City

9. Lego House

10. You Need Me, I Don't Need You

11. Kiss Me

12. Give Me Love

13. Autumn Leaves

14. Little Bird

15. Gold Rush

16. Sunburn


ED SHEERAN

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012



All Dates w/Snow Patrol except *



MAY


8 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium

10 Pomona, CA Fox Theatre

11 Temecula, CA Pechanga Theater

12 Las Vegas, NV The Pool @ The Cosmopolitan

16 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall

17 Austin, TX Stubbâs Waller Creek Amphitheatre

18 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater



JUNE

11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom â SOLD OUT! *

12 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg â SOLD OUT! *