Ed Sheeran Announces Tour, New Album On The Way

Ed Sheeran recently revealed a handful of UK tour dates on Twitter.

Although the announcement released by the singer is probably a huge downer for his fans in the United States, folks living in the United Kingdom are no doubt excited about the gigs he has lined up for next year. Sheeran will reportedly perform 11 shows in the region, though fans will have to wait until October for him to get there.

Ed Sheeran may not have any dates for the US lined up at the moment, manager Stuart Camp said that a separate announcement regarding Stateside shows should pop up at a later date. For the meantime, you'll have to live vicariously through the excited of those folks presently living in the UK.

While Sheeran didn't reveal any new details about his album, Camp confirmed that the project should arrive by the time the singer heads out on tour. According to our calculations, that gives the guy around ten months to put the finishing touches on the songs.

During his chat with BBC Radio 1, Ed Sheeran revealed that he received a little help and guidance from producer Rick Rubin on the follow-up to his debut album. The songwriter said Rubin helped him refocus his strengths and get the project under proper control.

Sheeran said that Rubin's history with Slayer and Red Hot Chili Peppers quickly earned his respect. Although the producer's pizza metaphors initially struck the singer as a little strange, this didn't stop the guy from heeding Rubin's advice.

"With a recording, if you view a recording as a pizza, the main part of a pizza is the base, and without the base and the tomato sauce on it, you can't build anything on that. So the base is the live performance. So you perform it live with an acoustic guitar, however you want to do it, and record that as the main track," Sheeran said.

He continued, "And then after is when you sprinkle the cheese on, you put a bit of bass on it, you put on herbs, i.e. drums, then you put on some pepperoni if you're into that. Some songs are the margheritas, some songs are the four cheese ones; it differs."

Whatever musical cheese Ed Sheeran decides to use for his next collection of tasty songs, fans will no doubt line up to purchase a figurative slice. Stop by the singer's official website to stay up-to-date on his forthcoming 2014 tour.

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