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VH1 Says "You Oughta Know" Ed Sheeran; The "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran" Gets Underway September 19th in Boston; The High Profile U.S. Tour Coincides With British Sensation's First North American Headline Trek and Celebrates the StatesidePre-Orders Available Now on the iTunes Store; Release Day Televised Appearances Set for NBC's Today and VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live; NYC Headline Shows Sell Out Within Minutes; "+" Available Everywhere on June 12th (June 04, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 06/04/12 -- Elektra recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced plans for his first-ever North American headline tour. The "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran" gets underway September 19th at Boston's House Of Blues and continues through early October (see itinerary below).
Launched in 2004, VH1's "You Oughta Know" franchise introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers (yok.vh1.com). Many "You Oughta Know" artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades, including "Best New Artist" Grammy Awards and nominations. Among them are such top stars as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars, Foster The People, The Fray, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, James Blunt, Mumford & Sons, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and many, many others. Sheeran recently joined that impressive list as VH1's "You Oughta Know" artist for the month of May.
Presale tickets for the "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran" will be available to members of Sheeran's online community beginning June 5th. In addition, access to presale tickets is being offered with pre-order bundles of the British singer/songwriter's acclaimed debut album, "+." All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public on June 9th. For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com.
A record-breaking sensation in Sheeran's native U.K., "+" arrives on U.S. shores on June 12th. Pre-orders are available now on the iTunes Store (http://atlr.ec/Jdl5wg) -- with the album offered in both Standard Version and Digital Deluxe Version, which appends four additional bonus tracks.
"+" pre-orders are also available via Sheeran's own official web store. A variety of bundles are on offer, featuring such exclusive extras as a blue "Crest" t-shirt and a "Logo" pullover hoodie. All packages include a copy of "+" (in CD, digital, or orange vinyl), a full album stream (expiring on street date), and an instant MP3 download of the recently released digital EP, "THE A TEAM." For complete details and ordering information, please visit www.edsheeran.com.
Sheeran will make a pair of release-day visits to NBC's TODAY and VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live on June 12th (check local listings). The appearances follow Sheeran's recent live performances on TBS' Conan, NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly, and mtvU's 2012 Woodie Awards extravaganza.
The British troubadour -- who only just concluded his debut North American tour, serving as special guest alongside Snow Patrol -- will further celebrate the release of "+" with a pair of major headline shows in New York City, both of which sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale. Ed will perform at Bowery Ballroom on June 11th (a 16 years old-and-over show), and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 12th. The two stateside shows follow a number of high profile performances overseas, including tonight's appearance at The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, where he will share the stage with such rock royalty as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, and Jay-Z.
In addition, Sheeran is teaming with Talenthouse Creative Invites to encourage aspiring designers to submit artwork for a t-shirt inspired by the music from "+." One winner will have their artwork produced on a t-shirt and featured in Sheeran's online store as well as on selected stops of the upcoming "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran." All submissions must be entered by June 28th - for full contest details, please see www.talenthouse.com/design-for-ed-sheeran.
Sheeran's nearly non-stop North American tour schedule comes on the heels of a triumphant string of performances at this year's South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. Entertainment Weekly praised his "knack for manipulating samplers and voice loops, various strums, a handful of rhythmic pounds on his guitar's body, and even the audience," while Billboard hailed his energetic set at Nikon Inc. and Warner Music Group's "The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon" residency as "a veritable party in a single package."
Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Sheeran is a genuine phenomenon. Inspired by such diverse artists as James Morrison, Damien Rice, and Jay-Z, the gifted tunesmith first made waves with his unique style and affecting songs. A prolific writer and performer, Sheeran played constantly -- including over 300 gigs in 2009 alone -- while also recording and self-releasing five independent EPs. He also became a YouTube favorite, with the loop-driven "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," drawing over 5 million views and counting.
His major label debut single, "The A Team," arrived in June 2011 and instantly proved an unqualified sensation, entering among the top 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The track spent 11 consecutive weeks in the U.K. Top 10, making history as 2011's highest charting, biggest selling debut single.
Sheeran's full-length debut, "+," soon followed, featuring a host of truly special songs, from the heart-wrenching "Small Bump" to the hushed "Give Me Love." The album exploded onto the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut artist ever and is now certified 4x platinum.
In addition to their popular success, Sheeran and "+" received extensive acclaim, including the prestigious "Breakthrough Artist" trophy at the Q Awards 2011. Even greater accolades came in early 2012 as Sheeran emerged victorious with a pair of top 2011 Brit Awards -- including "Best Male Artist" and "Best Breakthrough Artist" -- after having led the field with a remarkable four total nods. Furthermore, "The A Team" received the high honor of a 2012 Ivor Novello Award nomination in the "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" category.
Released in December 2011, Sheeran's U.S. debut EP, "THE A TEAM," features four extraordinary tracks previously unavailable here in the former Colonies, including, of course, "The A Team." A special iTunes version of the EP -- available exclusively on the iTunes Store -- is augmented by an additional track, "Grade 8 (Live At The iTunes Festival London)."
As energetic and engaging on stage as he is on record, Sheeran spent much of last year doing what he does best -- playing sold out shows all over the U.K., including acclaimed festival appearances at such annual extravaganzas as Glastonbury, Lovebox, Bestival, Latitude, and Reading & Leeds Festivals. A further series of U.K. and European festivals are scheduled for the summer, as is a fully sold out tour of Australia and New Zealand. Sheeran's biggest U.K. tour thus far will follow in the fall, featuring sold out multiple night stands in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Doncaster, Newcastle, and Glasgow.
As if all that weren't enough, Sheeran kickstarted 2012 with "THE SLUMDON BRIDGE EP," a four-song collaboration with Shady Records/Get-O-Vision Entertainment/ Interscope Records recording artist Yelawolf. Initially released as a free Valentine's Day download, the acclaimed EP is available now via all digital retailers. "It's a unique project from start to finish," declared AllHipHop.com of the EP. "Yelawolf and Ed Sheeran are... the most unlikeliest of teams, but it works. Here's hoping that we see more of them together in the future."
"Any true music lover would thoroughly enjoy the supernatural chemistry that oozes from this opus," noted PlanetIll.com, adding that "if you never heard of Ed Sheeran, you'll definitely become a fan after listening to this joint... It's only a matter of time till he catches the ear of a hip-hop heavyweight."
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(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
ED SHEERAN NORTH AMERICA 2012 All Dates w/The "VH1 YOU OUGHTA KNOW TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN" Except * JUNE 11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom - SOLD OUT! * 12 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg - SOLD OUT! * SEPTEMBER 17 Toronto, ON Kool Haus* 18 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal* 19 Boston, MA House of Blues 21 New York, NY Terminal 5 22 Washington, DC 9:30 Club 23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts 25 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre 26 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre OCTOBER 1 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern 2 San Diego, CA House of Blues 4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom* 5 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom 6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
ED SHEERAN/ELEKTRA RECORDS:
Glenn Fukushima (National)
Jason Davis (Tour/Online)
Toni Herron Savage
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