CLASH – We’ve kept you waiting long enough, but it was worth it, right? The fourth and final cover star of Issue 103 is the record-smashing pop phenomenon that is Ed Sheeran.
Catching up with Clash just a week before his third release ‘÷’ became the fastest-selling album of all time by a male artist and nine of its tracks filled up the UK Top 10, we find the superstar in typically humble form, opening up on grime collabs, his passion for songwriting, the challenges he still faces from his label, and why his next album may not be quite as massive.
Ed Sheeran is interviewed by Clash Editor-In-Chief Simon Harper, with photography by Neil Bedford, fashion by Liberty Shaw, on-set artwork by Dora Miller, and Creative Direction by Rob Meyers.
Clash Issue 103 is available to buy online now ahead of its release next week – get the magazine here.
BILLBOARD – As it cruises to a third week atop the U.K. albums chart, Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Asylum/Warner Music) hits the magical milestone of one million sales, passing the mark in just 16 days.
The singer and songwriter’s third studio set raced past 1.07 million combined sales (physical, digital and streaming equivalent) on Monday (March 20) and holds at No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart Update. Platinum certification in the U.K. is recognized at 300,000 units.
According to the charts compiler, Sheeran is on track to grab the U.K. chart double for a third week as Divide heads to the top of the Official Albums Chart, and “Shape Of You” is targeting an 11th week atop the Official Singles Chart.
Sheeran is still comfortably in charge of the top three singles positions, with “Galway Girl” at No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart Update (behind “Shape Of You” by less than 2,000 sales) and “Castle on the Hill” at No. 3. All told, he has nine tracks inside the top 20 and 16 in the top 50.
New lyric video for Ed’s upcoming single Galway Girl!
I have updated the gallery with digital scans of Ed featured in Rolling Stone.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Game of Thrones is adding another musical guest star for season 7.
Ed Sheeran will be on the HBO hit, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
The producers said the “Shape of You” singer is a favorite of cast members and they have been trying to get him for awhile — and this season they did.
Past seasons of GoT have featured cameos by artists such as Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Will Champion from Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and Mastodon.
Game of Thrones returns July 16.
Ed will be coming back to North America to play 48 dates starting this Summer. Tickets on general sale Friday 17th March.
A limited number of tickets will be available via a fan presale that starts 10am local time on 13th March.
Note: fans wanting to buy presale tickets for the Quebec City show must email EdSheeranQuebec@wmgcustomerservice.com before 10am ET on 10th March to get their pre-sale code. Notez: les fans souhaitant acheter des billets en pré-vente pour le concert de Québec doivent envoyer un email à EdSheeranQuebec@wmgcustomerservice.com avant 10h ET le 10 mars pour obtenir leur code d’accès.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
June 29 || Kansas City, MO || Sprint Center
June 30 || Des Moines, IA || Wells Fargo Arena
July 1 || St. Paul, MN || Xcel Energy Center
July 7 || Toronto, ON || Air Canada Centre
July 9 || Buffalo, NY || KeyBank Center
July 11 || Philadelphia, PA || Wells Fargo Center
July 14 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 15 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 18 || Quebec City, QC || Videotron Centre
July 19 || Montreal, QC || Bell Centre
July 22 || Winnipeg, MB || MTS Centre
July 23 || Saskatoon, SK || SaskTel Centre
July 25 || Edmonton, AB || Rogers Place
July 28 || Vancouver, BC || Rogers Arena
July 29 || Tacoma, WA || Tacoma Dome
July 30 || Portland, OR || Mode Center
August 1 || Sacramento, CA || Golden 1 Center
August 2 || Oakland, CA || Oracle Arena
August 4 || Las Vegas, NV || T-Mobile Arena
August 5 || Glendale, AZ || Gila River Arena
August 6 || San Diego, CA || Valley View Casino Center
August 10 || Los Angeles, CA || Staples Center
August 15 || Denver, CO || Pepsi Center
August 17 || Tulsa, OK || BOK Center
August 18 || Dallas, TX || American Airlines Center
August 19 || Houston, TX || Toyota Center
August 22 || San Antonio, TX || AT&T Center
August 25 || Duluth, GA || Infinite Energy Center
August 29 || Tampa, FL || Amalie Arena
August 30 || Miami, FL || American Airlines Arena
August 31 || Orlando, FL || Amway Center
September 2 || Raleigh, NC || PNC Arena
September 3 || Charlotte, NC || Spectrum Center
September 5 || Charleston, SC || North Charleston Center
September 7 || Louisville, KY || KFC YUM! Center
September 8 || Indianapolis, IN || Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 9 || Cleveland, OH || Quicken Loans Arena
September 12 || Omaha, NE || CenturyLink Center
September 15 || Chicago, IL || Allstate Arena
September 17 || St. Louis, MO || Scottrade Center
September 19 || Washington, DC || Verizon Center
September 22 || Boston, MA || TD Garden
September 26 || Pittsburgh, PA || PPG Paints Arena
September 27 || Detroit, MI || Little Caesars Arena
September 29 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
September 30 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
October 3 || Columbus, OH || Nationwide Arena
October 6 || Nashville, TN || Bridgestone Arena
ROLLING STONE = “Let’s go to my place for the finale!” Ed Sheeran shouts as he hops into an SUV. It’s just after midnight in London. Sheeran spent much of the evening in a bar, but even with his bright-red hair hidden under a ball cap, people started to recognize him. The DJ played one of his songs, and his friends had to create a wall around him so he could drink in peace. It all made him a little anxious, which is why we’re speeding to his West London home to keep the party going.
Sheeran is celebrating tonight because he knows he’s about to score his first Number One hit in America with “Shape of You,” a sleek, funky stomper from his new album, ÷ (pronounced Divide). We’re joined by his girlfriend, Cherry, and his old friends Zack, Nathan and Catherine, who have been watching him perform since he released his first album, The Spinning Man, when he was 13. “I went plywood,” Sheeran, now 25, jokes about that LP. “Not gold. I sold 100 copies.”
Sheeran has been going hard tonight: espresso martinis and rum-punch shots at dinner, gin and tonics at the bar. It’s my birthday, and at one point he grabs my phone, takes a selfie of us and posts to my Instagram, writing “It’s my birthday bitches #london #hashtag #believe #achieve #inspiration.” He encourages friends to knock back pints with a drinking song that ends “Na na na na/Hey hey hey/You’re a cunt!”
Soon, we arrive at his house, a five-floor, industrial-style space with brick walls, wood floors and several personal touches: a Charmander Pokémon stuffed animal in his bedroom and a bong shaped like Benny Blanco’s head in the living room. There’s also a recording studio, a gym and a full bar, where he recently entertained several young cast members of his favorite show, Game of Thrones. As we arrive, Sheeran offers bedrooms to anyone who wants to “get rowdy,” then goes to work mixing drinks.
Early this morning, Ed performed on NBC’s The Today Show as part of the Citi Concert Series. He performed a few songs including “Castle On The Hill,” “Shape of You,” “Supermarket Flowers,” “Thinking Out Loud”, “‘What Do I Know?.” The gallery has been updated with 500 HQ photos from Ed’s performance!