Multiple Grammy® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran has announced details for his North American arena tour, which begins June 29 in Kansas City, MO and continues through early October. Sheeran returns to Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, August 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m.
Pre-sales for all North American dates - powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, an innovative new tech product from Ticketmaster built to help artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of real fans who intend to go to the event – are set to begin Monday, March 13 at 10 a.m. EST and run through Thursday, March 16 at 10 p.m. EST; supplies are limited. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. EST, except for the July 19 date at Montreal, QC, which goes on sale at 12 p.m.
The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart and has remained there for six weeks total. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the Hot 100 at number six, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified double-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold -- the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.
“Shape of You” is currently number one at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ Top Songs chart and Spotify’s Top 50 (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video, directed by MTV Video Music Award winner, Jason Koenig, is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.
“÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s four time RIAA platinum- certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released on March 3, the album immediately rocketed to number one on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of streaming success including the best-ever, one-day streams for a single artist (68,695,172), best one-day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first-day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one-day streams for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.
“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s Top 50 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete track listing also instantly entered Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart, as well as the Top 50 in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Sheeran celebrated the announcement of the tour this morning with a live appearance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series.” The performance continues a long series of high profile media appearances supporting “÷,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, and both the 59 Annual Grammy® Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Sheeran has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold and 4.7 billion Spotify streams. “÷” follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply) – released in 2014 – which proved to be both a critical and commercial phenomenon. After debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album has since been certified quadruple-platinum in the U.S. and earned two Grammy nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year. Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date, “Thinking Out Loud,” which marked his first number one on Top 40 radio and won a pair of Grammy Awards, including highly coveted Song Of The Year.
Furthermore, “x” was a global sensation reaching number one on album charts in 14 countries, including his native United Kingdom, and topping 95 iTunes charts across the globe. One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Sheeran has played sold out headlining shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights. Sheeran first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus), which was a top five debut in the U.S. and spent three weeks at number one in the United Kingdom. The double-platinum “+” features “The A Team,” an international smash which earned Sheeran his first Grammy nomination (Song Of The Year) and has been certified triple-platinum in the U.S.
Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom – and Irish troubadour, Foy Vance.
TICKETS: $36.50, $66.50 & $86.50 (prices subject to change). Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.