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March 09, 2015 12:15 ET

Ed Sheeran Scores First #1 Single at Top 40 Radio With "Thinking Out Loud"

Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter's Multi-Platinum Smash Also Climbs to #1 on the Hot AC and Adult Contemporary Radio Charts; North American Headlining Tour Dates Continue to Sell Out in Minutes; Grammy Nominated Album "x" Available Now

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 9, 2015) - Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has climbed to #1 on the Top 40 radio chart with his multiplatinum hit "Thinking Out Loud." This marks the highest charting song of the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter's career at the format. "Thinking Out Loud" is also enjoying chart-topping success at additional formats -- this week, the song returns to #1 on the Hot AC radio chart for its fourth week (three of which have been consecutive) and also climbs to the top spot on the Adult Contemporary radio chart. "Thinking Out Loud" is the third single from Sheeran's RIAA-certified platinum album "x" (pronounced multiply), which recently won "Best British Album" at the 2015 BRIT Awards and was nominated for "Album Of The Year" at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 

"Thinking Out Loud" is proving to be one of the biggest singles of the year, having already gone to #1 on both Billboard's Digital Songs chart and the MEDIABASE POWERPLAYLIST chart, which ranks the week's top current songs based on audience, digital single sales, audio and video streaming, and Shazam tags. Additionally, the single stands tall at #2 on Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week. "Thinking Out Loud" has also enjoyed global success, having gone to #1 in 9 countries around the world, including his native United Kingdom, while the beautifully-shot companion music video (http://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA) -- directed by longtime collaborator Emil Nava -- has already amassed over 250 million views worldwide. Sheeran debuted the song in the U.S. with high profile performances on CBS' "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" and the season finale of NBC's "The Voice" in December. 

Last month, Sheeran received one of the biggest ovations of the night for his performance of "Thinking Out Loud" at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he was joined onstage by GRAMMY winners Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Questlove, performed with Jeff Lynne's ELO, and was nominated for 3 awards, including the prestigious "Album of the Year" for "x." The following week, Sheeran was the only artist among the star-studded lineup to perform twice on CBS' "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" -- the jaw-dropping, show opener with Beyoncé and Gary Clark Jr. as well as a ground-breaking solo performance, both of which earned standing ovations. 

Sheeran is currently in the midst of his worldwide headlining tour to support "x" with shows for the North American leg selling out in a matter of minutes. Sold out stops include a two night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, back-to-back nights at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a pair of performances at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado among others. Sheeran's North American tour is produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG), and set to kick off at Austin's Frank Erwin Center on May 6th. Additionally, Sheeran will be among the top-billed performers at a number festivals including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Following the North American run, Sheeran will return to the UK for the biggest shows of his career -- three sold out nights at London's Wembley Stadium. For more ticket information and tour updates, please visit www.edsheeran.com

Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon. The 24-year-old British singer-songwriter's acclaimed second full length album "x" (pronounced multiply) finds the 6x-GRAMMY nominee collaborating with a stellar list of producers, including multiple GRAMMY Award®-winners Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin and Jeff Bhasker, multiple GRAMMY Award®-nominee Benny Blanco, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, and BRIT-Award nominee and longtime collaborator Jake Gosling. The album has earned Sheeran a remarkable amount of rapturous press attention, including cover stories in Billboard and Parade, and the New York Times' Sunday Arts & Leisure section as well as major feature profiles in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Time. Sheeran launched "x" with a breakout performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," followed by other high profile national television appearances including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the famed outdoor stage on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and NBC's "The Voice" season finale, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and Toyota Summer Concert Series in Rockefeller Plaza on "Today." Moreover, "x" has drawn critical applause from all corners, with USA Today hailing it in a four-and-a-half-starred rave as "the rare album that satisfies expectations while simultaneously raising them... As good as Sheeran was before, he's even better now." "Mr. Sheeran is a gifted singer with a tender tone and a naturalistic way with storytelling," declared the New York Times, adding, "Though he may well be the most prominent folk-minded singer in contemporary pop, he's an open-eared experimenter at core, and saddled with none of the modesty, false or otherwise, that typically go with the folkie role." "(Sheeran) is a polyglot," noted Time, "raised on folk, R&B, hip-hop and rock in equal measure and comfortable incorporating each of those genres into his compositions."

Sheeran's 2012 breakthrough 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 the US, "The A Team" proved a blockbuster, earning 2x-platinum certification from the RIAA as well as a GRAMMY® Award nomination as "Song Of The Year." Sheeran also made a record-breaking chart debut with the stateside release of "+," which entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5, becoming the highest debut for a U.K. solo artist's first full-length album, since 2009. Along with his three GRAMMY® nods -- including the prestigious "Best New Artist" -- Sheeran has accrued an array of distinguished international honors, spanning two BRIT Awards ("Best Male Artist," "Best Breakthrough Artist") and the 2012 Ivor Novello Award for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically."

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 that 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, and as the youngest performer 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), www.facebook.com/EdSheeranMusic and www.atlanticrecords.com. Check out #EdOnTour2015 to see what fans are saying about the upcoming tour. For press materials, please see http://press.atlanticrecords.com/ed-sheeran.

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ED SHEERAN
Headlining Tour Dates - 2015
*denotes festival date
MAY
02 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival*
03 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival*
06 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center - SOLD OUT
07 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grande Prairie - SOLD OUT
09 Tulsa, OK BOK Center - SOLD OUT
10 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center - SOLD OUT
12 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center - SOLD OUT
13 Albany, NY Times Union Center - SOLD OUT
15 Las Vegas, NV Rock in Rio USA*
19 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena - SOLD OUT
24 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - SOLD OUT
26 Philadelphia, PA the Mann - SOLD OUT
28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium - SOLD OUT
29 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium - SOLD OUT
30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center - SOLD OUT
31 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center - SOLD OUT
     
JUNE    
02 Montreal, QC Bell Centre - SOLD OUT
03 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre - SOLD OUT
05 London, ON Budweiser Gardens - SOLD OUT
06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre - SOLD OUT
07 Canandaigua, NY CMAC - SOLD OUT
09 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
10 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - SOLD OUT
12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre - SOLD OUT
13 Regina, SK Brandt Centre - SOLD OUT
14 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place - SOLD OUT
16 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
17 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome - SOLD OUT
19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena - SOLD OUT
20 Portland, OR Moda Center - SOLD OUT
23 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center - SOLD OUT
24 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl - SOLD OUT
25 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl - SOLD OUT
26 San Francisco, CA Greek Theater at Berkeley -SOLD OUT
29 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre - SOLD OUT
30 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre - SOLD OUT
     
JULY    
02 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Amphitheater
03 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest*

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