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Ed Sheeran announces North American Arena Tour

March 8, 2017
PRE-SALE POWERED BY TICKETMASTER VERIFIED FAN  BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 10AM LOCAL

TICKETS GO ON SALE MARCH 17 AT 10AM

NEW ALBUM, “÷,” QUICKLY PROVING TO BE A GLOBAL PHENOMENON,  WITH HISTORIC SALES AND STREAMS AROUND THE WORLD

RIAA 2X PLATINUM CERTIFIED “SHAPE OF YOU” CONTINUES TO DOMINATE CHARTS,  INCLUDING BILLBOARD’S “HOT 100,” TOP 40 AND HOT AC RADIO,  iTUNES’ “TOP SONGS,” AND SPOTIFY’S “TOP 50”

 
Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran has announced details for his North American arena tour.  Dates begins June 29 th at Kansas City, Mo’s Sprint Center and then continue through early October (see attached itinerary). For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com/live.htm. A date is set for September 19 th at Capital One Arena.

Pre-sales for all North American dates on the tour - powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, an innovative new tech product from Ticketmaster built to help artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of real fans who intend to go to the event – are set to begin Monday, March 13 th at 10 a.m. and run through Thursday, March 16 th at 10 p.m. (all times local); supplies are limited. All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 17 th at 10 a.m. (local) except the July 19 th date at Montreal, QC’s Bell Centre, on sale at 12 noon (local).

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “ ÷.” The album – pronounced “ divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “ Shape of You” and “ Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart – and has remained there for six weeks total thus far. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the “Hot 100” at #6, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold -- the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

“Shape of You” is currently #1 at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ “Top Songs” chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.

÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s 4x RIAA platinum certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released March 3 rd, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of streaming success including the best-ever one day stream for a single artist (68,695,172), best one day stream for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first day stream for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one day stream for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.

“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s “Top 50” in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete tracklisting also instantly entered Spotify’s “Global Top 50” chart, as well as the “Top 50” in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Sheeran is celebrating the announcement of the tour this morning with a live appearance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series.” The performance continues a long series of high profile media appearances supporting “÷,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, and both the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.


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Ed Sheeran – a multiple GRAMMY Award winner and 11-time GRAMMY nominee - has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold and 4.7 billion Spotify streams. “÷”  follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply) – released in 2014 – which proved to be both a critical and commercial phenomenon.  After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album has since been certified 4x-Platinum in the U.S. and earned two GRAMMY nominations, including the prestigious “Album Of The Year.” Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “ Sing,” “ Don’t,” “ Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date “ Thinking Out Loud,” which marked his first #1 at Top 40 radio and won a pair of GRAMMY awards, including highly coveted “Song Of The Year.”

Furthermore, “x” was a global sensation reaching #1 on album charts in 14 countries including his native United Kingdom, and topping 95 iTunes charts across the globe. One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights. Ed first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus) which was a top 5 debut in the U.S. and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK. The 2x-Platinum “+” features “ The A Team”, an international smash which earned Ed his first GRAMMY nomination (“Song Of The Year”) and has been certified 3x-Platinum in the U.S.

Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

FOR MORE ON ED SHEERAN:  OFFICIAL WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

 

ED SHEERAN  2017 NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

JUNE


29                          Kansas City, MO                        Sprint Center

30                          Des Moines, IA                          Wells Fargo Arena

 

JULY

1                             St. Paul, MN                               Xcel Energy Center

7                             Toronto, ON                               Air Canada Centre

9                             Buffalo, NY                                 KeyBank Center

11                          Philadelphia, PA                        Wells Fargo Center

14                          Uncasville, CT                            Mohegan Sun Arena

15                          Uncasville, CT                            Mohegan Sun Arena

18                          Quebec City, QC                        Videotron Centre

19                          Montreal, QC                             Bell Centre

22                          Winnipeg, MB                           MTS Centre

23                          Saskatoon, SK                            SaskTel Centre

25                          Edmonton, AB                           Rogers Place

28                          Vancouver, BC                           Rogers Arena

29                          Tacoma, WA                              Tacoma Dome

30                          Portland, OR                              Moda Center

 

AUGUST

1                             Sacramento, CA                        Golden 1 Center

2                             Oakland, CA                               Oracle Arena

4                             Las Vegas, NV                            T-Mobile Arena

5                             Glendale, AZ                              Gila River Arena

6                             San Diego, CA                            Valley View Casino Center

10                          Los Angeles, CA                         Staples Center

15                          Denver, CO                                 Pepsi Center

17                          Tulsa, OK                                     BOK Center

18                          Dallas, TX                                    American Airlines Center

19                          Houston, TX                               Toyota Center

22                          San Antonio, TX                         AT&T Center

25                          Duluth, GA                                  Infinite Energy Center

29                          Tampa, FL                                   Amalie Arena

30                          Miami, FL                                    American Airlines Arena

31                          Orlando, FL                                Amway Center

 

SEPTEMBER

2                             Raleigh, NC                                 PNC Arena

3                             Charlotte, NC                             Spectrum Center

5                             Charleston, SC                           North Charleston Coliseum  

7                             Louisville, KY                              KFC YUM! Center

8                             Indianapolis, IN                         Bankers Life Fieldhouse

9                             Cleveland, OH                            Quicken Loans Arena

12                          Omaha, NE                                 CenturyLink Center

15                          Chicago, IL                                  Allstate Arena

17                          St. Louis, MO                             Scottrade Center

19                          Washington, DC                        Capital One Arena  

22                          Boston, MA                                TD Garden

26                          Pittsburgh, PA                           PPG Paints Arena

27                          Detroit, MI                                 Little Caesars Arena

29                          Brooklyn, NY                              Barclays Center

30                          Brooklyn, NY                              Barclays Center

 

OCTOBER

3                             Columbus, OH                           Nationwide Arena

6                             Nashville, TN                              Bridgestone Arena