Ed Sheeran Plays Radio City Music Hall, January 2013
The Bowery Presents will welcome Ed Sheeran to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7PM in support of the band's acclaimed debut album, "+." Powered by the hit single, "The A Team," the album entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5 upon its U.S. release earlier this year – the highest debut for a British solo artist's first full-length album since 2009.
Currently traveling North America on the "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran," the British singer/songwriter is proving as much a phenomenon here as he is in his native England. Every show on the trek – Sheeran's first-ever North American headline tour – has sold out, with many upgraded to larger venues in order to accommodate an increasingly fervent fanbase. The "VH1 You Oughta Know Tour with Ed Sheeran" continues through mid-October.
"+" has also earned Sheeran widespread critical acclaim, including rave reviews in such national publications as Entertainment Weekly and People, which awarded the album 3-and-a-half (out of 4) stars, noting that Sheeran's "folkified tunes (evoke) James Blunt and Damien Rice" while also "(boasting) a bit o' B-boy swagger."
Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Sheeran is a genuine phenomenon. Inspired by such diverse artists as James Morrison, Damien Rice, and Jay-Z, the gifted tunesmith, his major label debut single, "The A Team," arrived in June 2011 and instantly proved an unqualified sensation, entering among the top 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The track spent 11 consecutive weeks in the U.K. Top 10, making history as 2011's highest charting, biggest selling debut single.
Sheeran's full-length debut, "+," soon followed, featuring a host of truly special songs, from the heart-wrenching "Small Bump" to the hushed "Give Me Love." The album exploded onto the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 4x platinum.