Sheeran re­turns for ra­dio-only gigs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Cameron Adams

CHART top­per Ed Sheeran will be in Aus­tralia early next month for fan-only ra­dio events.

Sheeran will start in Mel­bourne with an in­vite-only per­for­mance for the Hit ra­dio net­work.

The show will take place on Fe­bru­ary 5. Rather than at the usual rooftop in South Mel­bourne, the se­cret lo­ca­tion is tipped to be a larger space.

Sheeran will also play at the Syd­ney Opera House for Nova on Fe­bru­ary 7, which the net­work will broad­cast that night as part of their Red Room se­ries.

Fans have noted the pres­ence of a logo for Sheeran’s lo­cal pro­moter Fron­tier Tour­ing on the ra­dio events means the singer may use his pro­mo­tional visit to an­nounce a full Aus­tralian tour this year.

The Fe­bru­ary visit comes ahead of the March 3 re­lease of his third al­bum ÷ (Di­vide).

Fans will have to lis­ten to the ra­dio sta­tions for the chance to win tick­ets to the two events.

Sheeran set a new ARIA record this week as the first act to en­ter the sin­gles chart at No. 1 and No. 2 with new songs.

Shape of You sold a re­mark­able 47,453 copies in a week to de­but at No. 1, just ahead of Cas­tle on the Hill at No. 2 on 41,116 copies.

The clos­est com­pe­ti­tion, Clean Ban­dit’s Rock­abye sold 15,933 by com­par­i­son at No. 3.

The sin­gles chart is cal­cu­lated by a mix of down­loads and streams.

Shape of You sold 35,308 down­loads and Cas­tle on the Hill 30,764. Sheeran’s two new songs were streamed nearly three mil­lion times in Aus­tralia last week.

Shape of You had 1,547 mil­lion streams, Cas­tle on the Hill 1,331 mil­lion.

The de­mand mean Sheeran’s ÷ is set to be one of the year’s big­gest sell­ers – the UK mu­si­cian has sold nearly one mil­lion com­bined copies of his two al­bums so far in Aus­tralia.

In the UK, Sheeran also be­came the first act to reach No. 1 and No. 2 si­mul­ta­ne­ously with new songs.

In his home ter­ri­tory Shape of You sold 227,000 copies to Cas­tle on the Hill’s 194,000.

The songs were streamed 13.4 mil­lion and 11.07 mil­lion in the UK last week, break­ing Drake’s pre­vi­ous one-week stream­ing record of 8.9 mil­lion for One Dance last year.

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