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.
Ed took the time to visit a super fan of his, Melody in the hospital. You can watch a video of him singing “Photograph” below. You can also read more about it and check out a few more videos over at facebook.com/MelodyInMind
BILLBOARD – Ed Sheeran has been making good use of his time off from the music biz. His latest good deed included dropping in for an impromptu bedside concert for a 9-year-old super fan who spends most of her time in the hospital.
According to the Facebook page hosted by her mother, Melody Driscoll was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder Rett Syndrome at birth, is unable to walk or talk and has spent about 80 percent of her life in hospitals where she’s undergone more than 40 operations. Though she was only expected to live a few years, Melody will turn 10 in December and her mother refers to her as a “living miracle.”
Sheeran provided Melody with a little magic recently when he popped into her hospital room in southeast England to play a mini-set for one of his biggest fan
Strumming his ukulele, Sheeran clearly makes Melody’s day with his version of “Photograph.”
Melody’s mom wrote a heartfelt thank you note to Sheeran after the weekend serenade, “I want to personally take this time to thank you for making my princess’s dream come true,” she wrote. “You are the one that has made all of that happen. She fell in love with you when ‘Thinking Out Loud’ came on TV for the very first time. Her reaction said it all. She sat there beaming at you on the tv and didn’t take her eyes of you for a single second. Then every single time you came on the TV after that she gave the exact same reaction. Let me tell you, she’s never ever had that reaction to anyone on TV before so I knew you was special to her.”
Concluding her note, Melody’s mom referred to Ed as Melody’s “guarding Angel.” “I can never thank you enough but I hope this letter shows you what you mean to us all and what you mean to the world.”
Get well, Ed! ♥
THR.COM – “I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it,” he told Australia’s Nova radio.
Ed Sheeran will have surgery on a damaged eardrum early in 2016.
The English singer-songwriter is due to take a well-earned break once he completes his final world tour dates in New Zealand this weekend. He’ll be forced to put his feet up while he recovers from an injury he suffered earlier in the year while vacationing with friends in Spain.
“I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it,” he told Australia’s Nova radio. “I landed wrong, and it burst my eardrum so I have to go and get a graft, which means I’m not allowed to fly for a while, so it’s kind of good, it means I have to stay at home.”
Sheeran, who is filling stadiums without the support of a backing band, said he didn’t realize the extent of his injury until he returned to the water: “It’s the most painful thing having a hole in your eardrum and having water go in.”
Sheeran completed the Australian leg of his solo tour Wednesday night with a show at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, where he was joined onstage by a special guest: Elton John. He’ll complete his mammoth international trek when he plays Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
EW.COM – Breaking into the music industry is hard, but when you have a megastar like Taylor Swift on your side, success comes a little easier.
On Saturday’s episode of Fuse’s Revealed, Ed Sheeran talks about how opening for Taylor’s Red tour in 2013 helped his career early on.
“She’s Miss America. There’s no one really bigger than her in America, and if she says she likes anything, people kind of take notice of it,” Sheeran says.
Following the Red tour, the two singer-songwriters – who collaborated on Swift’s single “Everything Has Changed” – went on to sell out world tours and earn Grammy nominations for their albums x and 1989. The two have also remained friends, exchanging gifts and snapping photos of each other to share with their millions of Instagram followers.
Take four high-flying, trendsetting titans and trail them for a full workday (and night… and morning). The result? Hundreds (nay, thousands) of text messages sent, bro-hugs exchanged, clients soothed, journalists schmoozed, naps snuck, deals struck and, on packed concert floors across the country, faces melted. Against the backdrop of an industry in upheaval, here’s how shit REALLY gets done in today’s snooze-you-lose music biz.
Ed Sheeran arrives at SiriusXM.
Ask Ed Sheeran how he’s doing, especially in the first half of the day, and you’re likely to get some variation on the same response. “Tired, man,” he says with a weary laugh as he rolls into SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Manhattan HQ to kick off an extremely packed day of promos and performances all over the city. It’s hard to blame him. At just 24, armed with little more than an acoustic guitar, a closet full of flannel shirts and a head of hair so red it’s basically safety orange, the British singer-songwriter has come to rival his music-biz bestie, Taylor Swift, for global music domination. “It’s quite a weird thing for the No. 1 and No. 2 biggest-selling artists in the world to be close friends,” Sheeran says later, matter-of-factly. “I don’t think that happens a lot.”
This morning there are at least two specific reasons for his weariness. First, he hasn’t had coffee yet, so he waits in a greenroom while Kev, his affable, bear-sized sidekick/security guard, makes a Starbucks run. And second, even though he stayed in last night, Sheeran was up way later than he planned — having what he jokingly describes as a solo “Netflix and chill” night — watching the Amy Winehouse documentary in his pool-table-equipped hotel suite. He paired the experience with two bottles of his buddy Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac champagne, a case of which Beyoncé sent over after the pair dueted flirtatiously on “Drunk in Love” at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park three days earlier. (She signed the card “A gangster’s wife.”)
Read more over at Billboard.com
EW.COM – Get ready for a true all-star, collaborative concert this fall. A+E Networks and iHeartMedia are putting on Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America in Los Angeles.
The title and the lineup are works in progress, but confirmed names include: a mid-hiatus Dr. Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Jamie Foxx, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Miguel, Pink, Sia, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, and Jill Scott. And there are more names on the horizon in the gig that promises “a once-in-a-lifetime series of duets.”
The concert is the first program in A+E’s campaign concerning race issues in the country. The concerted effort was inspired by members of the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C. recovering from June’s mass shooting that saw nine people killed.
After the concert, a new one-hour special Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America will air that sees artists go into communities that have seen violence, such as Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Ferguson, Mo., and lead discussions with different members of society.
“The current racial situation in America is at a critical point,” said executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. “Today’s musical artists, much like those of the civil rights movement’s history, have strong feelings about what’s going on today, and we’re hopeful that Shining a Light does, in fact, give a voice to their concerns, their hopes, and their thinking about solutions to the alarming events that we see around us every day.”
The concert, which will help raise money for the Fund for Progress on Race in America powered by United Way Worldwide, will happen Nov. 18 in L.A. It will air Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on A&E, History, Lifetime, H2, LMN, and FYI TV stations, in addition to iHeartMedia radio stations and iHeartRadio digital platforms.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at AXS.com and shrineauditorium.com.
It’s official: you can call him Dr Sheeran now.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who ditched school at 16 to focus on his music career, has received an honorary degree from his hometown university.
Sheeran, who grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich in respect of his “outstanding contribution to music”
“I graduated today, I am now officially Dr. Sheeran, he announced from his social media pages. Sheeran attended the ceremony dressed proudly in the university’s gown and cap. “I’ve had an amazing year… and this makes it even better,” he said on receiving his honor. He added, “Suffolk is very much where I call home. Receiving this recognition is a real privilege.”
When Sheeran says he’s had an amazing year, he’s not kidding. The artist’s “Thinking Out Loud” recently became the first song on Spotify to hit the 500 million stream milestone and he fulfilled a dream when he played three sold-out solo dates at London’s Wembley Stadium in July. The following month he was crowned top musical act in the U.S. for the first time on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts.
Later in the year, he’ll become the first male artist in two decades to tour stadiums completely solo (he’ll perform with just a loop pedal and his acoustic guitar) in Australia, where his sophomore album X was the best-seller for 2014. Sheeran will co-host the MTV Europe Music Awards this Sunday in Milan, Italy.
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK – Ed Sheeran added to his ever-growing list of accomplishments when his song Thinking Out Loud became the first song to be streamed half a billion times on Spotify earlier today.
Sheeran said he was “chuffed” and extended a special “thanks to all the people who use this as a wedding song, soundtrack to a date, and as a way to woo someone into a Netflix and chill situation”.
The 24-year-old’s entire catalogue has enjoyed 2.9 billion streams altogether – only Eminem has had more collective streams. It is estimated that one in four Spotify users had a song by Sheeran on their playlist.
To celebrate his worldwide popularity, Spotify has created the Sheerio Index, a map displaying which countries Sheeran is most popular in. Spotify has found that Sheeran’s music is most popular in English-speaking countries and Scandinavia. Denmark streams Sheeran’s songs most frequently out of those countries with access to Spotify.
Some 19 million people listen to Sheeran on Spotify each month, and his songs are included on 38 million playlists.
Thinking Out Loud was released in June 2014 and became Sheeran’s second number one single in early November. The track also topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia and South Africa.
This isn’t the first record the single has broken either. In June 2015, Thinking Out Loud became the first ever single to spend a full year in the UK top 40. In December 2014, Spotify named his second album X the most streamed album in the world for that year.
Later this month, Sheeran will co-host this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards with Australian actress Ruby Rose.
EW.com – Orange is the New Black’s Ruby Rose and Ed Sheeran will be co-hosting this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, the duo announced via social media on Wednesday.
The two will take the stage for the festivities, and the nominees for this year’s ceremony include Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, and Sheeran himself. Fans are able to cast their vote for “Best Live,” “Best New,” “Best Collaboration” and more ahead of the big night.
The ceremony will take place this year in Milan, Italy at the Mediolanum Forum. For more nominees, head over to the official MTV EMAs site.
The MTV EMAs kick off on Oct. 25.
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) September 30, 2015
ROLLINGSTONE.COM – “I am hungover, and so my mind’s not really working, I’m sorry,” Ed Sheeran says, explaining he went out the previous night in Miami with DJ Khaled for “a lot of very, very loud rock music and sparkly bottles and stuff like that.” Sheeran is about to take the stage at Tampa’s Amalie Arena — with a capacity of 13,000, it’s one of the smaller gigs on a tour that has Sheeran playing U.S. stadiums for the first time. In July, he did three sold-out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium, all without a band. Sheeran’s mentor Elton John joined him onstage, and told him, “You’re the only person in the world who could do this on your own.” Says Sheeran, “The peak was just walking out onstage for the first time and seeing all that. It’s quite a sight to behold.”
In his book Life, Keith Richards writes about going from not being able to get a date to having every woman in the world after him. Have you experienced that?
I’ve gotten more attention from the wrong sort of women. Like, the sort of women I wouldn’t have wanted to date anyway show attention now — the ones that are kind of driven by money and fame and want to get taken out to nice restaurants and bought nice things, you know? I’ve always been more attracted to someone who would just want to go to a dive bar and do shots and play pool.
You recently spent some time with Keith when you opened for the Rolling Stones — what was that like?
It was good! He’s definitely a kind and humble person, but he’s definitely Keith Richards — he can handle his drink and drugs. The best thing he said to me was when I was talking to him about getting arrested, and he said, “I’ve never had a problem with drugs — I had a problem with the police.”
You got a huge tattoo of a lion on your chest to celebrate playing Wembley Stadium.
Well, the England crest is three lions, so I was going to get three lions, but I got one instead. And that’s kind of the story. I don’t really know why people make such a big fuss out of it. I know so many people with shit tattoos in fucking Greek and Latin that they can’t even read or understand that say slogans like “Times change, people don’t,” or something bullshit like that. I’m sure [David] Beckham has some shit on him, some sort of Chinese art that no one would find that strange. But they find me putting something that symbolizes me playing the biggest venue in England weird.
Who found the tattoo weird?
Every single news story was about how it was weird. The press has never been this interested in me, and now they are, but I don’t really see why. I don’t really do anything that interesting. I read stories about Justin Bieber and I think, “Oh, well, that sounds fun.” And mine’s like, “Ed fucking goes and buys a bottle of wine.” Why does anyone care? I’ve been doing some stuff to fuck with the press recently. They don’t write about the right things — Wembley was quite a big achievement, I think. They’re choosing the wrong things to focus on.