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February 23, 2015 09:22 ET

Ed Sheeran Sells Out Headlining Tour Dates in a Matter of Minutes

Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Instantly Sells Out Shows in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Connecticut

Due to Overwhelming Demand, Additional Shows Announced for Newark's Prudential Center on May 30th, Brooklyn's Barclays Center on May 31st, and a Second Night at the Hollywood Bowl on June 25th

British Phenom's Platinum Certified Single "Thinking Out Loud" Climbs to #1 on Multiple Charts

Grammy Nominated Album "x" Available Now

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has sold out a number of dates on his recently announced North American headlining tour in a matter of minutes. The sold out shows include stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, back-to-back nights at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, the Greek Theater in Berkeley (San Francisco), Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Due to the overwhelming demand, Sheeran has announced the addition of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (May 30), Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (May 31), and a second night at the Hollywood Bowl (June 25). Presale tickets for these newly announced shows will be available beginning today at 10am local time, followed by general on-sale ticketing this Friday, February 27 at 10am local time. 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. The dates are part of Sheeran's highly successful worldwide tour in support of his global smash album "x" (pronounced multiply), which culminates with the biggest shows of his career -- three sold out nights at London's Wembley Stadium. Additionally, Sheeran will be among the top-billed performers at a number festivals including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 2nd), Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas (May 15th), and Summerfest in Milwaukee (July 3). For more ticket information and tour updates, please visit www.edsheeran.com.

The exciting news comes as the acclaimed singer-songwriter's latest single "Thinking Out Loud" climbs to #1 on multiple charts. In addition to holding the top spot on the Hot AC radio chart for its third consecutive week, the RIAA-certified platinum "Thinking Out Loud" has ascended 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 the Top 40 radio chart and Billboard Hot 100, maintaining career high chartings on both. Already proving to be one of the biggest songs of the year, "Thinking Out Loud" is the third single from "x" -- which has also been RIAA-certified platinum and holds at #4 on the Billboard 200 -- following back-to-back RIAA-certified Platinum singles "Sing" and "Don't." "Thinking Out Loud" is additionally enjoying 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 263 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.

Earlier this 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 nominated for 3 awards, including the prestigious "Album of the Year" for "x." Just last 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 Beyonce and Gary Clark Jr. as well as a ground-breaking solo performance, both of which earned a standing ovation. Sheeran is set to perform at this year's BRIT Awards in London on February 25, where he's nominated for 4 awards, including Male Solo Artist, Single, and Album Of The Year.

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.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

ED SHEERAN
Headlining Tour Dates- 2015
*denotes festival date

MAY
02 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival*
06 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
07 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grande Prairie
09 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
10 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
12 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
13 Albany, NY Times Union Center
15 Las Vegas, NV Rock in Rio USA*

19 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena - SOLD OUT
24 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
26 Philadelphia, PA the Mann
28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium - SOLD OUT
29 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium - SOLD OUT
30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center - newly added
31 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center - newly added

JUNE
02 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
03 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
05 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre - SOLD OUT
07 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
09 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
10 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
13 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
14 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
16 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
17 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
20 Portland, OR Moda Center
23 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
24 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl - SOLD OUT
25 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl - newly added
26 San Francisco, CA Greek Theater at Berkeley -SOLD OUT

JUNE
29 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre

JULY
02 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Amphitheater
03 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest*

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