Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced details for his 2015 North American headlining tour. The cross country trek – produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) - will kick off at Austin's Frank Erwin Center on May 6th and includes stops at New York City's Forest Hills Stadium and the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The dates are part of Sheeran's highly successful worldwide tour which culminates with three sold out nights at London's Wembley Stadium. Pre-sale tickets will be available for select dates starting on February 16, followed by general public on-sale tickets starting on Feb 20. Additionally, Sheeran will be among the top-billed performers at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 2nd) and Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas (May 15th). For more ticket information and tour updates, please visitwww.edsheeran.com.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's triumphant night at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where Sheeran was nominated for 3 awards, including the prestigious "Album of the Year" for his RIAA platinum-certified album "x" (pronouncedmultiply). Sheeran's other nominations came in the categories for "Best Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Song Written For Visual Media" for his song "I See Fire" from the feature filmThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Sheeran also received one of the biggest ovations of the night for his performance of his RIAA-certified Platinum single "Thinking Out Loud," where he was joined by GRAMMY winners Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Questlove. Sheeran returned to the stage to perform with the legendary Jeff Lynne's ELO. Both "x" and "Thinking Out Loud" shot to #1 on iTunes immediately following his appearance.
Already proving to be one of the biggest songs of the year, Sheeran's latest single "Thinking Out Loud" has skyrocketed to #1 on the Hot AC radio chart and #2 at Top 40. Likewise, "Thinking Out Loud" stands tall at #2 on Billboard Hot 100, earning the acclaimed singer-songwriter the highest charting U.S. single of his career so far. "Thinking Out Loud" is the third single from "x" following back-to-back RIAA-certified Platinum singles "Sing" and "Don't." Already a global smash, "Thinking Out Loud" has already gone to #1 in 9 countries around the world, including his native United Kingdom. Sheeran debuted the single in the U.S. with high profile performances of the song on CBS' "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" and the season finale of NBC's "The Voice" in December. The single's beautifully-shot companion music video (http://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA) – directed by longtime collaborator Emil Nava – has already amassed over 215 million views and features Sheeran ballroom dancing, a skill he learned through intensive, five-hour training sessions over the course of ten days during the North American leg of his worldwide arena tour.
Next up, Sheeran is set to appear on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show" today for a post-GRAMMY performance of "Thinking Out Loud." The acclaimed artist is also among the star-studded lineup performing on CBS' "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" which airs on February 16. Sheeran will return to London to perform at this year's BRIT Awards, where he's nominated for 4 awards, including Male Solo Artist, Single, and Album Of The Year.
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