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Multiple Grammy and BRIT Award-winning international mega-star, Ed Sheeran, has kicked-off music in 2017, unveiling TWO brand new singles – “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You” – out now on Asylum Records and available through iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music here.

Ed Sheeran’s two comeback singles – “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You” – mark a hugely exciting return and another forward-thinking move for the multi award-winning, modern-day troubadour. Unveiled in the early hours of this morning, the singles are Ed’s first releases since 2015 and showcase two very different sides to his unparalleled musical palate. “Castle On The Hill”, written by Ed and Benny Blanco (also on production), pays homage to growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk. Driving beats and Springsteen-esque riffs collide to create another stadium-ready anthem. “Shape Of You”, written by Ed, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac (also on production), dismantles and rebuilds modern-pop music using little more than a loop pedal. The record is an extension of the sound for which Ed’s become so well-known and has set him apart from his peers – something he first showcased in 2010 with his pivotal SBTV live performance of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, and executed on his debut EP ‘No.5 Collaborations Project’ (staring an array of grime artists including Wretch 32, Wiley + more), following in 2011.

Speaking about his monumental comeback, 25-year-old Ed commented – “Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”

Despite being out of the spotlight for a year on a well-deserved break, Ed’s name was still associated with some of 2016’s biggest hits. As one of the world’s most in-demand songwriters, he penned “Cold Water” for Major Lazer and “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber; further proving his versatility and unique flair for penning global #1 records. Rewind to June 2014 to see Sheeran releasing his second studio album ‘x’ (pronounced “multiply”,) which has gone onto become one of the most significant and record-breaking albums of this millennium! Bolstered by the likes of Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and Benny Blanco on production, ‘x’ charted at #1 both sides of the Atlantic upon release, landed a further 95 #1 slots on iTunes across the globe and spawned his global no. 1, biggest-selling single to date – “Thinking Out Loud”. ‘x’ has now landed a staggering 90 x platinum certifications worldwide and was recently named one of the Official Chart Company’s biggest-selling albums of all time, having amassed over 3.4 BILLION streams! Breaking through to the mainstream in 2011 with his debut album ‘+’ (“plus”), the Suffolk native quickly made a name for himself as one of the hottest up-and-coming talents of that year, setting his musical trajectory to an extraordinary level from the off; Ed won his first Ivor Novello Award in 2011 for his breakthrough single “The A Team”, which also went onto become that year’s biggest-selling debut single.

*Please see below for a wealth of Ed’s record-breaking accolades across his two albums: ‘x’ & ‘+’*
In addition to Ed’s epic rise with his recorded music, the Suffolk-born artist has also broken records in the live sphere over recent years. Ed took to the stage of Croke Park, solo, in July 2015, becoming the first-ever artist to headline the prestigious venue without a band – with just his trademark loop pedal and guitar – seeing him play to 160,000 people over three consecutive sold-out nights! He followed with a live DVD titled ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ at the end of 2015, which documented the lead-up to the Wembley weekend, including an array of live performances. Moreover, not only has Ed caught the headlines with his phenomenal solo concerts, he’s also been involved in an array of spellbinding collaborative performances over his career to date. In 2012, Ed performed at the London Olympics’ closing ceremony alongside members of Pink Floyd and Genesis for a very special version of “Wish You Were Here”. Go to 2015 and not only did Ed share the stage with Beyonce and Gary Clark Jr. at that year’s Grammy tribute for Stevie Wonder, at the aforementioned Wembley Stadium shows, Ed performed with Sir Elton John on the opening night, further proving his colossal status in the musical world.

Ed Sheeran, who was awarded an honouree degree from University Campus Suffolk in 2015 for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’, has won an astonishing array of awards during his flourishing career to date. Sheeran is now the proud possessor of: 4 x BRIT Awards, 2 x Grammys, 2 x Ivor Novello’s, 1 x Q Award, 1 x MTV VMA Award, 1 x American Music Award, 1 x BBC Music Award, 2 x People’s Choice Awards, 3 x Teen Choice Awards, 2 x MTV European Music Awards, 1 x 1Xtra Power List and more. Adding further strings to his bow, he also unveiled his very own record label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ last year (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK), which has kick-started the burgeoning career of #1 recording artist and Ivor Novello-winning, Jamie Lawson, along with the inimitable talent that is Foy Vance.

As Ed kicks-off music in 2017, watch this space to see one of the world’s most-loved, talented and in-demand recording artists continue to make history.

‘x’ (“multiply”) – 2014
• Ed worked with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and Benny Blanco on the LP
• Charted at #1 on both sides of the Atlantic upon release
• Landed 95 x #1 spots on iTunes across the globe
• 14 x Platinum in Ireland // 90 x platinum certifications, worldwide
• 13 million global sales
• 3.4 billion streams to date
• 2014’s Christmas #1 album
• Spent 84 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten In Ireland
• 2014’s most-streamed album on Spotify, globally
• Longest consecutive reign in the UK’s Top 10 Official Albums Chart for a British artist ever at 77 weeks (taking over Adele’s “21”)
• Biggest-ever ‘week one’ album streams in Spotify history (up until very recently) with 23 million & went onto become the most continuously played album on Spotify since release
• One of the Official Chart Company’s 60 biggest-selling albums of all time with 13 million global sales
• ‘Album of the Year’, BRIT Awards (2015) // ‘Songwriting of the Year’, Ivor Novello’s (2015)
• In the summer of 2015 – a year on from release – ‘x’ was still the most-streamed album in the world
• The album spawned an array of colossal #1 singles including the 18 x platinum “Sing”, the 18 x platinum “Don’t”, “I See Fire” (soundtracked The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), “Photograph”, “Bloodstream” and the timeless 68 x platinum “Thinking Out Loud”
“Thinking Out Loud”
– First song ever to reach 500 million Spotify streams (over 780 million streams to date)
– #1 on iTunes in 85 markets upon release
– Won 2 x Grammy Awards in 2016: ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Solo Pop Performance’
– BMI Award for ‘Song of the Year’ last October
– 1.5 billion hits on the official video

‘+’ (“plus”) – 2011
• 8.8 million global sales
• Spawned Sheeran’s breakthrough single “The A Team”
• 45 x platinum certifications, worldwide
• The album was home to Sheeran’s other breakthrough hit singles: “Lego House”, “Small Bump”, “Give Me Love” and “Drunk”
“The A Team”
– won ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ at the Ivor Novello’s (2011)
– Best-selling debut single of the year in UK


Gavin James ‘Bitter Pill’
The Debut album released Friday November 20th

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Produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele/Lily Allen/Britney Spears), Cameron Blackwood (Florence & the Machine) and recorded in L.A. and London and features the massive hits ‘Say Hello’, ‘The Book of Love’, ‘For You’ and the current single ‘Bitter Pill’.

‘Bitter Pill’ will be released in 2 formats, a standard single studio album, a double CD featuring a 13 track live album as well as digital download

Standard album + Signed Card pre-order link here
Deluxe album + Signed Card pre-order link here
iTunes Standard album pre-order link here
iTunes Deluxe album pre-order link here

Gavin James has spent the summer supporting Sam Smith around America, before opening for 2 x Ed Sheeran Croke Park shows in Dublin in front of 164,000 people and Taylor Swift in Hyde Park. A European and American headline tour is now on sale for later this year, featuring London’s Scala on December 8 and a four-night SELL OUT return run at Dublin’s Whelan’s from December 21-23.

On his way to becoming one of 2016’s international crossover-stories, Gavin James was born in Ashington, a suburb on the northside of Dublin. The 23-year-old son of a postman, music was arguably in James’ blood: his great grandparents were both famous Irish Opera singers and had their own albums released in the early 1900s (they had to turn down an invitation to perform in London owing to their families, and the political conditions of the time). Having started out playing Jimi Hendrix covers in the garden shed, Gavin then drew the short straw when he was chosen as the singer of his teenage band, and learnt his subsequent solo craft the hard way. Inspired by local heroes like Damien Rice and classic, grafting Soul artists such as Sam Cooke, he would play Dublin’s pubs virtually 7 nights a week during college, in a marathon of 3-hour shows.

Growing in confidence, Gavin James’ own material then began to draw an impassioned following: his first ever single won Ireland’s answer to the Mercury (the Choice Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’), stayed on the charts for over 6 months and culminated with 2014’s #1-charting, ‘Live at Whelans’ album: a venue he used to sneak inside when underage, but returned to as a rapturously-received headliner. That night, he happened to perform an impulsive cover of The Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book Of Love’, accelerating Gavin’s word-of-mouth success story (the track has since become a platinum-selling hit around Europe, with upwards of 6 million plays on Spotify).

With his first piece of recorded material – ‘For You’ – reaching number 1 in Ireland and going top 10 on iTunes in the US, Canada and Holland, Gavin James has inched closer to the spotlight with an appearance on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’. Continuing with ‘22’, lifted from sessions from his debut album, Gavin James looks poised to become the next great voice to shine a light back on the Dublin suburbs (and beyond).

• Gavin is the only artist to sell out Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Amsterdam’s Paradiso without having released an album
• In 2015, Gavin has toured the U.S.A. with Kodaline, Tori Kelly and Sam Smith
• In 2013 Gavin won the Choice Music Prize ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Say Hello’

‘Bitter Pill’ standard CD track listing

Bitter Pill
For You
Remember Me
Coming Home
I Don’t Know Why
Hole in My Shoe
Say Hello
Two Hearts
Till the Sun Comes Up
The Book of Love

‘Bitter Pill’ 2CD set track listing

Bitter Pill
For You
Remember Me
Coming Home
I Don’t Know Why
Hole in My Heart
Say Hello
Two Hearts
Till the Sun Comes Up
The Book of Love

For You (Live)
Nervous (Live)
I Don’t Know Why (Live)
Coming Home (Live)
Till the Sun Comes Up (Live)
Hole in my Heart (Live)
22 (Live)
Great Escape (Live)
Ghost (Live)
Say Hello (Live)
Two Hearts (Live)
The Book of Love (Live)
Bitter Pill (Live)

Gavin will go back out embarking on a completely SOLD OUT Irish tour in December.

Live dates

14 December – Whelans, Ireland – SOLD OUT
16 December – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
17 December – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland – SOLD OUT
18 December – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland
20 December – Roisin Dubh, Galway – SOLD OUT
21 December – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland – Matinee – All Ages
21 December – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
22 December – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
23 December – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT

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