MUSIC NEWS: ED SHEERAN SELLS OUT HEADLINING TOUR DATES IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

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 bothBillboard'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. 
 
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