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By Christine Richie

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran celebrated the U.S. release of his debut album, “+,” by performing a private, acoustic gig for a small group of lucky girls in the Fresh 102.7 studios. He performed a three song set consisting of “Lego House,” “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” and “The A Team.”

“+” went straight to number one on iTunes after it’s midnight release earlier this summer.

Due to the costliness of putting out an album in the U.S., the U.K. has rules on how many copies must be sold before an album can even be considered for release across the pond. Ed said he never expected to have the success he’s had in the U.K., let alone be able to release his album in the States.

“There were lots of acts in the U.K. that are my friends that have sold a reasonable amount but will never release over here until they kind of sell a lot,” he said. “I didn’t ever expect to release an album in the U.S., so it’s great to be able to do that and tour it and it’s nice that it’s number one. It’s good.”

Ed has played shows as big as Wembley Stadium in England, but he said his big goal is to play Madison Square Garden some day.

“My dad said, ‘When you play Madison Square Garden, that’s when you’ve made it,'” he said.

Though he wouldn’t go into detail about the project, Ed said he’s spent some time writing with Taylor Swift for her next album.

“+” has great songs for his fans that are hopelessly in love and some great songs for his fans that are hopelessly heartbroken. As for his personal taste, Ed says he really enjoys Snow Patrol‘s album, “Fallen Empire,” for any mood he’s in, but when he’s going through a rough patch in his love life, he said he likes to listen to Eminem’s first two albums on repeat.

Watch Ed perform an acoustic version of “The A Team…”



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