Ed will be featured on MTVu’s Fandom Awards on Sunday. They will air on MTV & MTVu.
There’s no stopping him! Ed Sheeran celebrates a fourth consecutive week at Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart with his second full-length, X.
X became the fastest selling artist album of 2014 so far up on its release last month, with more than 182,000 sales during its first week on sale. Today it becomes the longest running Number 1 of the year to date, overtaking Paolo Nutini’s three week stand at the chart’s summit back in April with Caustic Love.
According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data X has sold over 367,000 copies in the UK to date.
MTV has announced their nominations for their music awards, and Ed has been nominated for Best Male Video, So let’s get voting! Voting rules as follow.
Official Voting Rules
These are the official terms and conditions for voting for “2014 MTV Video Music Awards Voting” (the “Official Voting Rules”).
At the time of voting, voter must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, 13 years of age or older and cannot be an employee, agent or representative of Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. the (“Sponsor”) or any of their respective parent companies, affiliate or related companies.
2. HOW TO VOTE
Submit your vote for your “Nominee” preference during the Voting Periods, as hereinafter defined, by clicking the button adjacent to or below the name of the Nominee of your choice, then follow the instructions to complete the voting process.
Votes may be cast for your favorite Nominees online or via a mobile device as follows:
CATEGORY HOW TO VOTE VOTING PERIOD Artist to Watch Online: http://vma.mtv.com/SMS/Text July 17, 2014-August 24, 2014 All Other Categories Online: http://vma.mtv.com/ July 17, 2014-August 11, 2014
VH1 + Palladia are teaming up to bring you one of the most unique musical experiences of the year: SoundClash. I’m a little bit country and you’re a little bit rock n’ roll? No problem because on July 23rd + July 30th at 9 PM EST we are taking the best parts of popular music and mashing them together. We’re giving bands like Fall Out Boy, T.I., London Grammar, Ed Sheeran, Grouplove, + Sia a chance to perform onstage together to create one mega-sound.
Both shows will be hosted by DJ + Producer Diplo, and will feature three bands on one stage to create one epic sound. The bands will perform a mix of current singles, covers, favorites, + even a three-way collaboration. SoundClash is the music event that will have everyone talking.
THREE BANDS + THREE SOUNDS + ONE STAGE = ONE EPIC SHOW
VH1 + PALLADIA UNVEIL A NEW MUSIC PERFORMANCE SERIES “SOUNDCLASH” FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON
HOSTED BY DJ/PRODUCER DIPLO
“SoundClash” with Fall Out Boy + T.I. + London Grammar Premieres Wednesday, July 23rd at 9 PM ET/PT
“SoundClash” with Ed Sheeran + Sia + Grouplove Premieres Wednesday, July 30th at 9 PM ET/PT
X by Ed Sheeran remains the biggest selling album in the UK for a third week in a row, the Official Charts Company can confirm.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriter’s second album has held onto the top of the UK’s Official Albums Chart despite tough competition this week from Futurology, the new album from Manic Street Preachers (Number 2).
To date, X (which is pronounced ‘multiply’) has sold over 327,000 copies in the UK since it s release last month.
Read full article at OfficialCharts.com
A new list profiling the most powerful figures in Britain’s black and urban music scene has been met with a backlash after Ed Sheeran finished first.
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Power List was revealed yesterday (July 11) with Sheeran (pictured above) selected by a panel of industry experts assembled by the UK’s leading black music station as the most important UK artist in the scene. In addition to Sheeran, both Sam Smith and Disclosure also earned high placings in the list.
Tinie Tempah was the highest placed black artist on the list with Fuse ODG, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande and grime duo Krept & Konan all inside the top ten. The Power List was voted for by a panel of 1Xtra DJ’s including Twin B, Yasmin Evans, Sarah-Jane Crawford and DJ Target plus a panel of industry experts.
Explaining the reasons behind Sheeran’s place, DJ Yasmin Evans stated: “Having just his music in mind and disregarding anything else that we may have considered for other artists there is so much power in what he produces & writes that this alone holds so much power.”
Despite Sheeran, Smith and Disclosure having claim to wide-ranging influences, there has been a backlash to the list on social media with Wiley, ranked Number 16 in the list, claiming that black artists are being “bumped” out of place and stating that 1Xtra’s list was “backwards.”
In a series of tweets posted after the publication of the list, he wrote: “We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us. England music industry is backwards. God bless those who try. People think I am mad. I am not mad, I can just see skull duggery from miles away. We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from Ed, he is sick. But black artist in England, we are getting bumped.”
1Xtra’s Power List top 20:
1. Ed Sheeran
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
6. Emeli Sande
7. Naughty Boy
8. Katy B
9. Krept & Konan
10. Fuse ODG
11. Boy Better Know
12. Rita Ora
13. Lethal Bizzle
14. DJ Fresh
15. Jessie J
18. Laura Mvula
19. Wretch 32
20. Dizzee Rascal
Ed Sheeran may be the hottest male pop star of the moment, but, in concert, he is just one guy with a guitar, two microphones and a looping device.
Sure, he’s No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart this week, but he’s not too big to croon the first dance at the wedding of Justin Bieber’s manager on Sunday or entertain 800 lucky KS95 radio listeners Monday at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis before he heads to Europe for several music festivals.
At 23, Sheeran came across Monday as supremely confident, but also as likable as he is talented. Like a busker gone wild, he pulls off this one-man band bit with seamless aplomb. The second microphone is to record his own background vocals, which he then loops; he also uses effects pedals to loop rhythms and thus create a fuller sound.
But really it’s the passion and style of his vocalizing that make him so convincing. A Brit, he is equal parts Eminem, Van Morrison, Sting and Taylor Swift, his BFF with whom he toured in 2013. At the Varsity, he manifested two styles of singing — a fast hip-hop flow like a singing Eminem or a soulful Irish croon a la Morrison, with whom he shares a tousled mop of red hair begging for a barber. And, like Sting, he loves to insert wordless singalong sections (“oh, oh, oh — oh”) that will go over in any country no matter what language is spoken.
To open his hourlong performance, Sheeran went off on a nearly 15-minute hip-hop journey, “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” He also got angry on “Don’t,” but then he got romantic on the soft croon of “Give Me Love.” “Thinking Out Loud” was his closest thing to a straightforward pop song, and “I’m a Mess” was his most passionate vocal. He saved his hits for last: the ever-pretty “The A Team” and the current “Sing,” a falsetto-spiked Justin Timberlake funk that he promised the fans would still be singing in the car on the way home and when they get up in the morning.
Sheeran will be singing it again in Minneapolis on Sept. 15 in front of a much bigger crowd at Target Center.
Also appearing Monday was Magic!, a Toronto quartet whose easygoing reggae groove sometimes stifled the soulfulness of vocalist Nasri (Matthew) Atweh, even on the current smash “Rude.”
On Friday, Don’t forget to set your DVRs! Ed will be performing on the Today show (7am on NBC) as apart of their Summer Concert Series. Later that night he wil be apart of Philadelphia’s 4th of July celebrations that will air on VH1, VH1 app and VH1.com.
Both TV appearances are live and free so if you’re in the New York City or Philadelphia area you can attend those.
Ed Sheeran is coming out with a book!
With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles),ED SHEERAN: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorized, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter. In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x’. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success. With close to 100 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that all Ed Sheeran fans would love to own and cherish.
The book is coming out with Running Press in November, but you can preorder it now. Check out runningpress.com/edsheeranbook for more info. Follow the hashtag #edsheeranbook for the most up-to-date book news.