Last week, IBTimes Singapore had reported how fans queued up overnight to buy tickets for the much-awaited concert of British artist Ed Sheeran in Singapore on Nov 11. And now, the same news has evolved from its neighbouring country, Malaysia. According to reports, all 12,000 tickets for the concert were sold out in just 30 minutes. The organisers of the event, PR Worldwide, confirmed the same to The Star.
Interestingly, when the tickets went house full in Singapore, the organisers immediately pulled a trick and quickly announced a second show at the same venue on Nov 12. Unfortunately, in Malaysia, the scope for a second show was ruled out. The star's Singapore and Malaysia concert are a part of his world tour's Asian leg to support his latest album, ÷ (divide) released in March.
÷ (divide) is Sheeran's third album that debuted at number one in the UK, the US and other major markets with the first two singles—'Shape of You' and 'Castle on the Hill'—breaking records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia and Germany. Sheeran also became the first artist to have two songs on the top ten list on the US charts. He was also named as the most influential people in the UK in Debrett's 2017 list.
The album sold 232,000 physical and digital copies in the UK in its first day of release. And eventually, the numbers reached 672,000 during its first week, making it the nation's fastest-selling album by a male artist and the third highest opening behind Adele's '25' and Oasis' 'Be Here Now.'
Meanwhile, in an interview with Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs, the 26-year singer revealed that he uses songwriting as therapy for when he feels low. "I think [song writing] is a form of therapy, to be honest. Any time I've ever got down or ever felt low the one thing that picks me up from that is writing a song about it because at least you've got a positive experience out," he was quoted saying.