Ed Sheeran is out with the music video to his new single ‘Thinking Out Loud’, off the English singer-songwriter’s second studio album ‘x’, out now on Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. “It’s the best video I’ve ever done and probably ever will do,” Ed told MTV News. “It’s incredible, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s legit.” Watch the Emil Nava directed video via YouTube below.
Ed Sheeran announced a series of concerts in support of his upcoming second album “x”, pronounced “multiply”, which hits stores June 23rd via Atlantic. ‘x’ lead single ‘Sing’ is currently in rotation and in the top 10 at CHR/Pop radio outlets nationwide. Produced and co-written by Pharrell Williams, ‘Sing’ has amassed over to 7 million views and counting on YouTube. The official ‘Sing’ companion video is now in post-production, with a world premiere date to be announced shortly.
Sheeran will celebrate the release of ‘x’ with TV appearances that include a special live performance on the season finale of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ on Monday (May 20) at 8pm ET/PT (check local listings). The Grammy nominated artist is also slated to perform NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ on June 10th, and NBC’s TODAY Toyota Concert Series broadcast live from New York City’s Rockefeller Center on July 4th.
Sheeran’s recently announced plans for his first-ever North American headlining arena tour, which kicks off at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on August 21nd and then traveling through mid-September. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
Ed Sheeran North American Tour 2014
Aug. 21 – Seattle, WA at WaMu Theater
Aug. 23 – Vancouver, BC at Ambleside Live
Aug. 29 – Las Vegas, NV at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
Aug. 30 – Las Vegas, NV at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
Aug. 31 – Glendale, AZ at Jobing.com Arena
Sept. 2 – Kansas City, MO at Sprint Center
Sept. 4 – Cleveland, OH at Wolstein Center
Sept. 8 – Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 9 – Boston, MA at Xfinity Center
Sept. 11 – Charlotte, NC at Time Warner Cable Arena
Sept. 12 – Atlanta, GA at The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Sept. 13 – Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 15 – Minneapolis, MN at Target Center
Sept. 16 – Chicago, IL at Allstate Arena
Sept. 18 – Toronto, ON at Air Canada Centre
*Additional Dates To Be Announced
Pop artists are reacting on Twitter to the devastating news of two bomb explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, with reports of two deaths and dozens of injuries following the blasts. Included in the celebrity responses were reactions of Mika, who had been at that very location on Sunday, and marathon runner Ellie Goulding.
Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin): My heart goes out to all the victims of the explosion at the finish line. #bostonmarathon
Ayla Brown (@AylaBrown): Holy crap. #PrayersForBoston OMG
Blake Lewis (@BlakeLewis): Sending all my love and positivity to the people in The Boston Marathon bombing. This is just ridiculous.
P!nk (@Pink): Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the explosions in Boston.
Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding): Just heard about Boston Marathon. God I hope everyone’s ok… Awesome show in Helsinki but I couldn’t stop thinking about what happened in Boston. Fu**, why. Once again, anger and sadness
Bridgit Mendler (@bridgitmendler): Praying for those at the boson marathon today
Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic): Boston oh my god.
Kate Voegele (@katevoegele): Thoughts and prayers are with Boston right now. So scary. #bostonmarathon
Backstreet Boys (@backstreetboys): We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston today #PrayForBoston
Shane Harper (@TheShaneHarper): so sad… #prayingforBoston
Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow): I am just sickened to hear about the news in #Boston. My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
Drew Seeley (@drewseeley): God bless everyone affected by the Boston marathon bombs today. I’m just sick to my stomach. Just why?! I want to have faith in mankind.
Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan): Sending prayers to everyone who was/is at the #bostonmarathon
Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden): lots of innocent decent people running the Boston marathon and lots for charity…. an understandable target? Fu**ing crazy sick bastards. Your bomb sends us all a clear message… you are cowards.
Jared Evan (@JaredEvan): I was just in Boston. The fact that this can happen unexpectedly is scary. What the fuck. Pray for those.
Rachael Yamagata (@rachaelyamagata): Love to Boston….
tristanprettyman (@tprettyman): Sending you all my love Boston. All my love, and prayers.
Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas): Prayers go out to everyone in Boston. We all love you and we are praying for you
Nadine Coyle (@NadineCoyleNow): Life is so precious. I love you! Tell someone you love how much. Who knows when we will just have to say it to the sky hoping they hear. Xx
Ed Sheeran appeared on ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael’ the other day to talk about his encounter with director Sir Peter Jackson during a visit to New Zealand in early March, where Jackson left the singer songwriter with a unique souvenir from the filmmaker’s ‘The Hobbit’ franchise. Ed also performed ‘Lego House’ and ‘The A Team’.
“That was probably the coolest day of my career. Like when musicians meet other musicians, there’s always that bit of like, ‘Oh, cool,’ but you never really get starstruck that much. But meeting Peter Jackson was probably the coolest thing,” Ed told Kelly’s fill-in host Erin Andrews and Michael Strahan. “He took us out for dinner, gave me a sword, which was cool. It’s a real sword, it was one of the props (from ‘The Hobbit’)… I gave him a guitar. Well, I gave his daughter (Katie) a guitar.”
Ed Sheeran sat down for an interview with Walmart Risers, where the British singer songwriter discussed the inspiration behind hit singles ‘The A Team’ and ‘Lego House’, wanting the music to be the focus on his videos, being influenced by Bob Dylan and Eminem, living in London and the not having a home for four years.
“When I found out about the Grammy nomination I was on a bus on the way from Philadelphia to Boston,” Ed said regarding the Song of the Year nomination for ‘The A Team’. “I got a text from my manager saying we hadn’t got the nomination, because the only one we were expecting was Best New Artist, because I’m relatively new. I haven’t done much over here. So I got a text saying we haven’t got best newcomer, so I was like okay, fair enough, we’ll just work harder next year and try and get it. Then my phone started blowing up and getting a Song of the Year nomination, and that was the last thing on my list to tick off, so hopefully it goes well out there.”
Talking about taking a back seat in his music videos, Ed said, “I’m always involved with my videos, but sometimes I think videos shouldn’t be adverts for the artist as a person, they should be adverts for the music, and they should add to the song rather than add to the artist’s persona. I think because you have interviews and you have Twitter and all of that to add to your persona, so on ‘The A Team’, if I was to dress up in a wooly fur coat with a hood and a chain and sing that song, it wouldn’t really work. Telling the story of the song works better.”
Discussing his musical influences, Sheeran explained, “I think the tie-in factor for all the artists I listen to are the lyrics. I’d say all the artists I’m influenced by are very good storytellers, whether it be Bob Dylan or whether it be Eminem. They’re both very two similar artists even though they’re in two different genres, they both tell stories in a very particular way that draw the listener in, so I guess that’s how I’m influenced by those sort of people.”
As for his struggling early days as a singer songwriter, Ed said, “I wasn’t homeless. I think it’s cheesy to say I was homeless. I didn’t have a home for four years, but I had a lot of fun. I had a lot of cool experiences. I had a lot of awful experiences but it just made me in a non kind of ‘X Factor’ sad song montage way made me who I am. I’m very grateful for the position that I’m in now.”
The interview video at soundcheck.walmart.com has since been removed. Check out additional pictures from Ed’s appearance after the cut. (more…)
Ed Sheeran announced that he’ll be supporting Taylor Swift as a special guest on her “The RED Tour.” The North American dates get underway March 13th in Omaha, Nebraska, and then continue through mid-September. Check out the tour schedule below. Sheeran co-wrote and recorded the song ‘Everything Has Changed’ with Swift for her new album ‘RED’. The track has already reached #1 on the iTunes Top Singles chart.
“Taylor is one of the most talented and driven artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting,” the English singer songwriter said. “It’s been amazing to collaborate with her and going on tour is going to be a great experience. I can’t wait.”
Ed Sheeran Tour Dates 2013 (“The RED Tour” supporting Taylor Swift)
March 13 – Omaha, NE
March 14 – Omaha, NE
March 18 – St. Louis, MO
March 19 – St. Louis, MO
March 22 – Charlotte, NC
March 23 – Columbia, SC
March 27 – Newark, NJ
March 28 – Newark, NJ
March 29 – Newark, NJ
April 10 – Miami, FL
April 11 – Orlando, FL
April 12 – Orlando, FL
April 18 – Atlanta, GA
April 19 – Atlanta, GA
April 20 – Tampa, FL
April 25 – Cleveland, OH
April 26 – Indianapolis, IN
April 27 – Lexington, KY
May 4 – Detroit, MI
May 7 – Louisville, KY
May 8 – Columbus, OH
May 11 – Washington, DC
May 12 – Washington, DC
May 16 – Houston, TX
May 21 – Austin, TX
May 22 – San Antonio, TX
May 25 – Dallas, TX
May 28 – Glendale, AZ
May 29 – Glendale, AZ
June 1 – Salt Lake City, UT
June 2 – Denver, CO
June 15 – Toronto, ON
June 22 – Winnipeg, MB
June 29 – Vancouver, BC
July 6 – Pittsburgh, PA
July 20 – Philadelphia, PA
July 27 – Foxboro, MA
August 1 – Des Moines, IA
August 2 – Kansas City, MO
August 3 – Kansas City, MO
August 6 – Wichita, KS
August 7 – Tulsa, OK
August 10 – Chicago, IL
August 15 – San Diego, CA
August 19 – Los Angeles, CA
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA
August 27 – Sacramento, CA
August 30 – Portland, OR
August 31 – Tacoma, WA
September 6 – Fargo, ND
September 7 – St. Paul, MN
September 8 – St. Paul, MN
September 12 – Greensboro, NC
September 13 – Raleigh, NC
September 14 – Charlottesville, VA
September 19 – Nashville, TN
September 20 – Nashville, TN
September 21 – Nashville, TN
Ed Sheeran did an interview and live set at the Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK.FM. Portland, Oregon earlier this year. The British singer songwriter performed ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’, ‘The A Team’, ‘Lego House’ and ‘Gimme Love’.
During the interview, Ed talked about his 35-minute set opening for Snow Patrol, his plan of action for his opening set list, how he got the opening gig on the Snow Patrol tour, his decision early on to move to London to become a recording artist, not getting money from the parents when he made the move,
“I think the most important thing is to remember that people aren’t coming to see your songs when they come to a Snow Patrol set, so just entertain the hell out of them basically. I just try to be as entertaining as possible.”
Discussing how he got on the Snow Patrol tour, Ed explained, “I was friends with them before I came on the tour. They invited me on the tour personally, so they’re really cool people. I’ve been hanging out with them a lot and writing songs with them.” (more…)
TJ of Z100 in New York City interviewed British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran. The visit included performances of his single ‘The A-Team’ and a piece of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ live in studio. Ed discussed why school sucks, if he views his success as surreal, how he meets women, what came between him and his high school girlfriend and more before confessing that this was the most he has ever opened up in an interview.
Asked what it was about school he hated, Ed said, “I hated that we were forced to learn stuff that we’re never going to use. I understand with science people may want to become doctors or dentists, so when we’re learning about dissecting frogs and stuff, I can understand that has a reason, even though I don’t want to be a dentist or doctor, there is a reason we’re doing it. But like trigonometry man, when are you ever gonna use trigonometry? (If you’re gonna be a math teacher?) I don’t think you are because it’s a vicious circle if you’re teaching it. The thing is, I think if you want to do anything within the arts, if you want to be a doctor, a dentist or a lawyer or anything that needs formal training, go to university, spend four years studying your craft and get your job, but if you want to do anything in the arts, if you want to be a photographer, a radio DJ, a journalist, a musician, an artist, anything, just start off as young as you can and the experience and the education comes from actually being in the field. So you becoming the best at your job as a radio DJ is not you going to university and telling you how to set up a mic or how to work a desk, it’s you probably coming here at the age of 16 and just watching and studying people, if that makes sense.”
Asked if he had a girlfriend, Ed said, “No. I had a girlfriend for four years from school, up until last year. You can’t focus on your personal life in this business. You can have a healthy balance of friends and family, but as far as keeping a relationship together when you’re, I can understand second or third album I’ll be more free to do it, but I have to commit 110% to this, like literally I haven’t been home, so I would never get to see the girlfriend.”
As for whether jealousy and other girls he’d meet at shows came between them, Ed said, “No, because I’m not even that kind of person. I don’t really put myself out as that kind of person. I guess she found comfort in someone else when I was away. But you know what, I don’t have any qualms against her because she’s been with him a year now, been very happy, and he’s given her the time I can’t give her, so I can’t really complain about that.”
Questioned about how he meets women in his field of work, he admitted, “It’s not something I kind of actively pursue. The last few girls that I’ve been with have been friends of friends. Friends of close friends. School friends, so it’s all been kind of inner circle stuff.”
When asked if he’s smooth with women, Ed confessed, “I am the worst. I’m awful. I’m just awkward. I can’t start off a conversation. I can make friends easily. I can choose a girl and make them my friend easily, but choosing a girl and making them a girlfriend, I’m just very awkward with it.”
Talking about if he’d ever high fived himself after hooking up with a hot girl thanks to his fame, Ed said, “No, because I really don’t do it that much. I know that I should be rock n’ roll. I should be like doing everything that moves. It’s all good though. I’m perfectly happy with that kind of career path, because I know that as soon as everything should fall into place falls into place, I’ll have a lot of space to be open.”
On his hooking up with random girls period, Sheeran confessed, “I did go through that phase. I did alright. I was treating every single girl that I hooked up with like they were my girlfriend, and leading them on a bit too much. I ended up realizing what I kind of wanted was a girlfriend, and that’s where that came from I guess.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Ed Sheeran spoke with Z100 in Portland, Oregon on October 5th, where the British singer songwriter talked about having a long run of sold-out shows, having a series of small breaks in his career, comparisons to fellow ginger Prince Harry, having a sporadic songwriting process, and being frustrated at chart success because Adele flicks all competitors aside.
As for sold out gigs, including the one that night at the Roseland, he said, “I’m happy that every gig we’ve done for the past 18 months has sold out everywhere, so I’m very happy to be alive right now.”
On his “big break”, Ed said, “I never really got one big break, it was kind of like 2,000 very, very small breaks all added up to one big break. I was constantly just out there gigging and getting in front of the right people at the right time, but the right people don’t necessarily think I’m a very good product that is easy to sell. I had to prove to people that I could sell so I did it independently for a long time and then sold a lot and then
On comparisons to fellow British redhead Prince Harry, he said, “Yeah, there was a newspaper when Harry was in Las Vegas and photographed naked and stuff. There was a big thing in the Daily Mail, there was a picture of Prince Charles and they said, ‘No Harry, we can’t pretend it’s Ed Sheeran.'”
Talking about his songwriting process, Ed said, “It’s very sporadic and there is no set process to it. I could sit down and write. I’ve done that when I’ve written for other people. I’ll sit down with them. with subject matter in mind and a band in mind and written a song and that is for them kind of thing. When you’re gonna play a song for the rest of your life, it has to come from somewhere that you’re not trying to write a hit. You just want to get something out there.”
If he gets tired of singing the same song over and over, Ed said, “It’s weird. I’ve been playing ‘The A Team’ for three years and it became a hit. I’m still not tired of it. I think if a song comes from, I don’t want to say credible place, but if it comes from a heart and soul and it’s a song that really means something to you, rather than like, I love that ‘Call Me Maybe’ tune, but I think I know it hasn’t come from a deep seated emotion in Carly Rae Jepsen. Let’s make a song about partying, which is fair enough.”
On the new British invasion, Ed said, “I don’t know what’s happening over here. Adele just messes up everyone man. Adele is just like, Taylor and One Direction have released their new songs and they’re like #1 or #2 on iTunes, and Adele is just like, ‘Fu** that’, (wipes away) and goes #1. She just doesn’t make it fair for any other artist. We thought ’21’ was #1 for like a year and we thought, ‘Cool, we’re in a time where we can have a top spot now.’ She’s like, ‘No, I’m gonna release a new song’.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Ed Sheeran dropped the the Fox All Access studios to talk with Chris Leary about his single ‘The A Team’, what inspired him to take up music, his work ethic, and how he got discovered.
Talking about how his single ‘The A Team’ has another meaning in America, the action TV show in the 80s, Ed said, “And in England it means something different as well. The amount of people that have given me, they do action figures for Hannibal and B.A. Baracus and stuff. The amount of people that give me them is interesting.”
As for the true meaning of ‘The A Team’, he said, “It was kind of written about, I did a gig at a homeless shelter and met quite a few people there and one of them was this girl and her story kind of inspired me to write that song.” Ed added that he hadn’t seen her since. “I go back every year to play at the shelter, and I haven’t seen her since.”
Asked about what inspired him to become a musician, Ed said, “When I was eleven I saw Eric Clapton play ‘Layla’ on the Queen’s Jubilee on TV, and I was like I want to play guitar. I didn’t want to sing at the time, I just wanted to play guitar. I kind of picked up guitar and started playing and then I got into a guy called Damien Rice and went to go and see him, and he basically stood on stage on his own with an acoustic guitar and just held the audience and I was like, ah, I want to write songs and sing.”
Asked how he’s able to do so many gigs, as in 312 in one year, he said, “You just treat it like a day job. Every day you come into the radio show and you do a (Chris says “no, not 312 days a year!”). I don’t know, my dad said to be the best at what you do you have to take someone that you admire and basically find out what they do and double your effort. Most people I looked up to were doing like 200 gigs a year, so I thought I’ll do more and hopefully my live set will become better than theirs after a while.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.