Ed Sheeran expands ‘X’ album with bonus CD tracks, concert film DVD
The flaming red hair of Ed Sheeran, 24, is just as distinctive as his music that’s rocketing up the charts and around the world. As one of the most popular contemporary music artists of the decade, the English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and beatboxer debuted his eclectic blend of acoustic pop, folk, and hip-hop in 2011. His full-length debut album, + (pronounced “plus”), got to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and scored a Top 20 (No. 16) hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘The A Team.’ The six-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling artist enhanced his phenomenal success even more in 2014 when the album X (pronounced "multiply") went to No. 1 in 14 countries around the world including the U.S. and United Kingdom.
The second of Sheeran’s Atlantic Records projects has sold more than 10 million copies to date and was nominated Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The X album is highlighted by the platinum hits ‘Sing,’ ‘Don't,’ and the five-times platinum ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ Sheeran's biggest hit and first to top the U.S. charts. The song was co-written by Sheeran with fellow singer-songwriter and friend Amy Wadge.
“My album was nearly done, and [Wadge] asked if I could put a song from when I was seventeen on the deluxe album, so she could get a little bit of money and pay the mortgage and bills and stuff,” Sheeran tells Billboard. “While she was there, we wrote 'Thinking Out Loud.' Now she never has to worry about money again.” The latest single from X is ‘Photograph,’ which currently tops the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and ranks No. 10 on both the Mediabase Hot AC airplay chart, and Billboard Hot 100.
A deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package called X Wembley Edition is now available on Atlantic following Sheeran’s world tour in support of the platinum-selling X (pronounced “multiply”) album. The set contains the 12-track standard CD along with previously unreleased bonus tracks. The full-length, 11-track concert DVD is titled, “Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts,” which was filmed earlier this year during three sold out shows at London’s famed Wembley Stadium. In addition to hit favorites the DVD captures Sheeran’s mash-up of his ‘Take It Back’ with Steve Wonder’s ‘Superstition.’ The expanded album and long-form video are also available individually as digital releases.
The deluxe edition of the CD features physical and digital bonus tracks highlighted by the never-before-heard songs ‘English Rose.’ ‘Touch And Go,’ and ‘New York,’ which are collaborations with top producers including Emile Haynie (Eminem, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey), Jeff Bhasker (fun., Jay-Z), Johnny McDaid (Snow Patrol, Paul Van Dyk), and Grammy-winning superstar helmsman, Rick Rubin. X Wembley Edition also features Sheeran's new collaboration with Rudimental on the English drum and bass band’s single, ‘Lay It All On Me,’ which is currently No. 14 on the Mediabase Hot AC chart.
American television audiences got a front row seat to Sheeran’s sold-out summer stand at Wembley during an hour-long NBC special titled “Ed Sheeran - Live at Wembley Stadium.” The televised performance—including Sheeran’s duet with Sir Elton John features never-before-seen documentary footage surrounding Sheeran's record-breaking shows at the iconic venue, where he played to 240,000 fans over a three-night set. His current worldwide tour swept through North America during September with a grand finale Sept. 25 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Sheeran is closing out The X Tour in Australia (Nov. 28-Dec. 9) and New Zealand (Dec. 12).
Watch the official music video for ‘Photograph,’ the latest single from Ed Sheeran’s platinum-selling album, X.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Edward Christopher Sheeran was born February 17, 1991, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Sheeran released his first EP, The Orange Room, while still in school, and he was only 16 when he released his self-titled debut album and its follow up, Want Some.
* After moving to London to formally begin his career as a solo artist, Sheeran’s performance of his song ‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’ on YouTube generated 500,000 views. The video attracted the attention of actor/R&B singer Jamie Foxx, who featured the song on his satellite radio show.
* Sheeran got picked up by Elton John's management company and supported English singer Example on a U.K. tour. He then signed with Atlantic Records and issued the January 2011 EP No. 5 Collaborations Project to become only the third artist ever to score a Top 75 album based purely on download sales.
* The major label debut studio album + was released in September 2011. The LP was produced by Jake Gosling and American hip-hop producer No I.D., selling more than two million copies in the U.K., where it topped the albums chart. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and scored Billboard Hot 100 hits with ‘The A Team’ (No. 16) and ‘Lego House’ (No. 42).
* Sheeran co-wrote songs for One Direction and Taylor Swift, and he opened for Swift on her 2013 arena tour. He also contributed the song ‘I See Fire’ to the soundtrack for the film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The track was also a Top 10 single in several countries.
* Sheeran began recording his second full-length album in late 2013, teaming up with superstar producers Rick Rubin and Pharrell to release X in June 2014. The multi-platinum-selling album debuted atop the album charts in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and at least a dozen other countries. It also yielded the Top 10 hits ‘Sing,’ Don’t,’ ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ and ‘Photograph.’
* Five-time Grammy-nominated artist Ed Sheeran was named British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards. In 2014 he was voted British Artist of the Year at the 2014 BBC Music Awards, and named Best Male Solo Artist at the 2015 BRIT Awards, while X was awarded Album of the Year. He picked up an Echo Award in 2015 as Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist, owns two Ivor Novello Awards, and three MTV and MTV Europe Video Music Awards.