Ed Sheeran smashes more records as Australasian stadium tour swells to 18 dates


Ed Sheeran has shattered another record Down Under, and he has another, even loftier achievement in his sights.

The British singer-songwriter's 2018 stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand has expanded to 18 shows, eclipsing the historic mark of 14 stadium dates for a single trek set by AC/DC'sBlack Ice tour of 2010. Next up, Sheeran will try to take down the "Everest" of Australian live music benchmarks, the all-time sales record for a tour set by Dire Straits in 1986, when an estimated 900,000 people caught the Brothers In Arms shows.

Sheeran's upcoming Divide tour itinerary grew from seven to 14 shows, but that wasn't enough. As the first day of the general public onsale came to a close earlier this week, more than 710,000 tickets were snapped up, according to Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring, the promoter of the Australasian leg. So on Friday, Frontier Touring added new dates for Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Dunedin, meaning the artist "will surpass" Dire Straits' seemingly untouchable 31-year-old record.

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LONDON, UK - FEBRUARY 28: Ed Sheeran poses in Camden on February 28, 2008 in London, UK. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
Ed Sheeran live onstage at The Stratford Circus, 19th November 2010. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during Dot To Dot Festival at Rock City on May 29, 2011 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Musician Ed Sheeran performs for a Biz Session in a Wapping recording studio on June 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Claire R Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Musician Ed Sheeran poses during a Biz Session in a Wapping recording studio on June 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Claire R Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Ed Sheeran performs on stage at Scala on July 6, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the first day of Lovebox at Victoria Park on July 15, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)
Bt Digital Music Awards At The Roundhouse, London, Britain - 29 Sep 2011, Ed Sheeran (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran accepts the British Male Solo Artist award at the BRIT Awards 2012 in London on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer Ed Sheeran (L) performs the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran perform onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 09: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 09: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Ed Sheeran visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs during the grand opening celebration of the world's first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace on April 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Nobu Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Ed Sheeran performs as Delta Air Lines and Fuse celebrate the opening of the airline's newly transformed JFK Terminal 4 with a live performance from Ed Sheeran at Delta's T4X pop-up experience in SoHo on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Delta Air Lines)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Singer Ed Sheeran poses at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Wonderwall)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on July 12, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 17: Musician Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Ed Sheeran hosted by Mario Lopez and presented by Pepsi at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 17, 2014 in Burbank, California. Streaming live on Yahoo Screen and Clear Channel stations across the country on June 23rd, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Ed Sheeran speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of the AFL Grand Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
Singer Ed Sheeran (TOP) and director Emil Nava (BOTTOM) celebrate in the press room after Sheeran won Best Male Video for 'Sing' at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FERDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Singer Ed Sheeran (L) performs on stage as models Adriana Lima (C) and Alessandra Ambrosio walk the runway during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Ed Sheeran performs live during the Telekom Street Gig at Zugspitze at 2962 Meters above sealevel on December 15, 2014 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses with his British album of the year award for 'X' and his British male solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMER (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 15: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Singer Ed Sheeran unveils his never-before-seen Madame Tussauds wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Ed Sheeran attends 9th Annual American Institute for Stuttering Freeing Voices Changing Lives Gala on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for American Institute for Stuttering)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage at A+E Networks 'Shining A Light' concert at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for A+E Networks)
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The records keep tumbling. With the announcement of these new dates, Sheeran sets the pace for the most stadium shows on one tour at Forsyth Barr in Dunedin (with three shows) and at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium (four shows).

In a statement issued Friday, Sheeran said, "I've always loved coming to Australia and New Zealand. So many amazing musicians have toured there and I am humbled to have broken these records."

Michael Gudinski, head of Frontier Touring and chairman of the Mushroom Group of Companies, added, "This is now not only the biggest tour Frontier has promoted, but it's the biggest tour in Australian and New Zealand touring history."

Sheeran has a habit of smashing records in this part of the world. His hit "Shape Of You" recently logged a 15th week at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, trashing the previous streak of 13 weeks set by Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" in 1995. Sheeran also became the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart (with "Shape Of You" and "Castle on the Hill," respectively).

And when Divide (Asylum/Warner) began its chart reign, 16 tracks from it charted simultaneously inside the top 40, a new record. Sheeran's third album is triple-platinum certified in Australia and it has just been certified six-times platinum in his homeland.

Tickets to the new shows go on sale at staggered times on June 1. Visit FrontierTouring.com for information on tickets and shows.


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