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Ed Sheeran Announces North American Headline Arena Tour
April 14 2014

3X-GRAMMY® NOMINEE’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TREK KICKS INCLUDES STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO;
PHARRELL WILLIAMS-PRODUCED LEAD SINGLE “SING” LIGHTING UP RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE ON NBC’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE;
PRE-ORDER FOR BRITISH PHENOM’S FORTHCOMING SECOND ALBUM
ROCKETS TO #1;
“x” ARRIVES JUNE 23


Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced plans for his first-ever headlining arena tour of North America. The cross-continent trek kicks off at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on August 22nd (see attached itinerary) and marks the 3x-GRAMMY Award®-nominated artist’s first North American tour to support his forthcoming second album, “x,” (pronounced ‘multiply’) slated to arrive June 23rd. Sheeran will perform in Vancouver at Ambleside Live on August 23, and in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on September 18. Pre-sale tickets for stops in Toronto, Boston, and Chicago are available starting April 22nd, with general on sales for these dates beginning on April 25th. More tour dates and on sales will be announced soon. For more ticket information and tour updates, please visitwww.edsheeran.com.

“x” is heralded by the exhilarating lead single “Sing,” which has catapulted to the top 3 on the iTunes Singles chart. Produced and co-written by multiple GRAMMY Award®-winner Pharrell Williams, “Sing” is already lighting up radio stations across Canada, becoming one of the most added and increased songs at Contemporary Hit Radio (Top 40) and Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) formats. This past weekend, Sheeran delivered electrifying performances of “Sing” and album track “Don’t” on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”. “Sing” is streaming now at Sheeran’s official YouTube page (http://youtu.be/scHS8YaYoRA) where it has amassed over 2 million views in just one week.

After becoming available for pre-order (http://smarturl.it/x-itunesdlx) last week, “x” rocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Overall Album chart in a matter of hours in both Canada and the U.S. “x” is the follow-up to Sheeran’s breakthrough debut album “+” and finds the British singer-songwriter collaborating with a stellar list of producers, including multiple GRAMMY Award®-winners Rick Rubin and Jeff Bhasker, multiple GRAMMY Award®-nominee Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, and BRIT-Award nominee and “+” collaborator Jake Gosling.


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Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon. The 23-year old British singer/songwriter’s masterful debut album, “+,” entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum. Fueled by international hit singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” “+” has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum, and gold sales in nine countries around the world.

Here in Canada, “The A-Team,” proved to be a blockbuster, earning 3x platinum certification, while the album “+” is certified platinum. Sheeran also earned a platinum single with “Lego House,” and three other singles from the album have gone gold.

Along with his three GRAMMY® nods – including the prestigious “Best New Artist” – Sheeran has accrued an array of international honors, spanning two BRIT Awards, a 2012 Ivor Novello Award (for “Best Song Musically and Lyrically”), and Teen Choice Awards’ “Choice Breakout Artist.”

Long acclaimed as a captivating and creative live performer, Sheeran spent much of the past two years traversing North America on back-to-back sold-out headline tours, the latter of which including a stop at the renowned Radio City Music Hall which sold out in a matter of minutes. Following a main support role on Taylor Swift’s massively successful “RED Tour,” Sheeran returned to New York City for a trio of sold-out headline shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden to close out his incredible 2013.

Sheeran’s honest songwriting and incredible live show has also connected with millions through the small screen with countless high profile television appearances including the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (performing “The A Team” accompanied by Sir Elton John), the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, NBC’s The Voice (as one of Team Christina’s mentors) and Today (where he pulled in one of last summer’s largest audiences into NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza for the show’s annual outdoor concert series), and, most recently, among the star-studded lineup on CBS’ special “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY® Salute.”

For additional news and information, please see www.edsheeran.com,www.twitter.com/EdSheeran (@EdSheeran), and www.facebook.com/EdSheeranMusic.

(TOUR ITINERARY ATTACHED)



ED SHEERAN
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2014

AUGUST
22 Seattle, WA Wamu Theater
23 Vancouver, BC Ambleside Live
29 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
30 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
31 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena

SEPTEMBER
2 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
4 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
8 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
9 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
11 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
12 Atlanta, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
16 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
18 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

(More dates to be announced)

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Adam Gonshor
adam.gonshor@warnermusic.com