I’ve added 77 photos to the gallery from Ed’s album release show at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 17th.

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Events & Appearances > 2014 > June 17 – iHeartRadio Album Release Party

Photo by: Carmen Bernu

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.”

» Star Tribune

Jul
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July 4th TV Reminders

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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.

Jul
2

Ed Sheeran Book

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edsheeranbookEd 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.

Jul
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Ed Sheeran has advanced to the finals in Z100′s Artist of the Summer polls. He is up against Demi Lovato. You can vote as many times as you’d like at z100.com.

 

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This 4th of July BLI is going to celebrate with an Ed, White and Blue BLI Acoustic Café with Ed Sheeran! Listen to BLI for your chance to score passes for this once in a lifetime experience!
An intimate 3 song performance by Ed Sheeran at a top secret location on Long Island plus a chance to meet Ed and get a photo! The only way in to this amazing event is to listen to BLI or enter here for an additional chance to win!

Jun
29

The Ed Sheeran fan base is almost like a family in the sense that we’ve grown incredibly close to one another and have helped fans in need. Last night one of our friends lost her mother to a very aggresive type of cancer. We’d like to ease the financial burden that this has left this family so if you are able to donate any amount of money please do. Any amount will help with funeral costs. Please check out this page to learn more about this beautiful woman. You can donate anonymously if you would like to keep your identity a secret.

 

Jun
29

I’ve uploaded eight photos from various photoshoots as well as magazine scans to the gallery.

Gallery Link(s):
Photo Shoots > 2013 > Jeff Riedel
Photo Shoots > 2014 > Dustin Cohen
Photo Shoots > 2014 > Ben Watts
Photo Shoots > 2014 > Austin Hargrave for Parade

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From the moment he zips into a New York toy store, it’s clear Ed Sheeran is no typical pop star. Start with his appearance: With his hoodie, unsullied sneakers, and perpetually tousled red hair, Sheeran looks less like a teen dream than a dot-com programmer. In search of a gift for a friend, he inquires about Captain America toys, and the salesman, who’s wearing a Pharrell Williams T-shirt, has no idea he’s talking with a British singer-songwriter whose spring hit, “Sing,” was a collaboration with … Pharrell Williams.

But it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes him: “Are you Ed Sheeran?” asks a teen girl who spots him near the display of One Direction dolls. Stunned, she asks to take a selfie with him, and Sheeran cheerily ­obliges. She’s just one of the devoted fans around the world who made his 2012 single “The A Team”—a wistful ballad inspired, he says, by a homeless ­woman he met while helping out at a shelter—a top 20 hit and bought almost 4 million copies of his first album, + (a.k.a. Plus). Drawn to his tender songwriting and cuddle pup image, Sheeran’s fans (sometimes called Sheerios or Sheeranators) are so besotted they’ve been known to swipe his hoodies, and at his concerts—he’ll be headlining arenas starting in ­August to promote his just-released album x (a.k.a. Multiply)—they sing along with every word and shriek with abandon. “I always feel quite awkward about it,” he says. “I’ve never screamed at anybody in my life. Can you imagine walking into a shop and someone is screaming about a chocolate cake? You’d go, ‘What is that dude doing?’ ”

Read the full interview at Parade.com

Jun
27

Edxit Competition

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A new competition has been announced and will launch next week for the release of Multiply. The new competition is called Edxit. Starting Monday June 30th, there will be 14 tasks to complete over the course of two weeks. Every day you can complete a new task to be in the running to win awesome prizes. If you complete all 14 tasks, you will also have a chance to win the Super Fan Prize Bundle.

Head over to EdSheeran.com/edxit to register and download your welcome pack.

 

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