April 14, 2014 10:44am PT by Billboard Staff
Ed Sheeran to Headline Solo Arena Tour
It's been a month of firsts for Ed Sheeran. The singer-songwriter landed on the cover of Billboard, released the opening single off his highly anticipated sophomore album, rocked Saturday Night Live, and now he's announced his first-ever headlining arena tour of North America.
The tour, which is in support of his forthcoming sophomore album x, launches Aug. 22 in Seattle and so far includes 15 dates, with stops in Boston, Atlanta and Seattle. Tickets go on sale April 25. More dates will be announced soon.
Sheeran's current single, "Sing," is heading for a top-40 debut this week on the Hot 100. He performed the Justin Timberlake-inspired track, along with fellow new song "Saturdays," during a lively performance on SNL over the weekend. The appearance was also notable in that Sheeran performed with a full band, a major change from his usual solo acoustic act.
In the April 12 issue of Billboard, the singer's former tour partner Taylor Swift predicted that Sheeran will be upgrading to a bigger live sound soon.
"A few months ago we were in Germany and Ed came along to surprise the crowd with his song 'I See Fire,' which is a huge hit there," said Swift. "It was the first time he'd played with a full band, and I saw this spark in his eye. I have a feeling the production of his live show will expand over the next few years, and I can't wait to see it every step of the way."
Sheeran's x is slated for a June 23 release.