Elektra Records has announced the upcoming release of “THE A TEAM,” the hugely anticipated US debut from acclaimed British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.   The EP — which includes the blockbuster UK hit single, “The A Team” — arrives at all DSPs on December 6th.

“THE A TEAM” will feature four extraordinary tracks, previously unreleased in the US.   In addition, a special iTunes version of the EP will be available exclusively via the iTunes Store, augmented by the additional track, “Grade 8 (Live At The iTunes Festival London).”

“The A Team” proved an unqualified sensation upon its June release, debuting at #3 on the UK Singles Chart.   The track spent 11 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, making history as 2011’s highest charting, biggest selling debut single.   “The A Team” was soon followed by Sheeran’s full-length debut, “+,” which entered the charts at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut artist ever.   What’s more, the platinum-certified “+” entered the record books as the best selling debut album by a UK male artist in the last 10 years.   “+” will be released in the U.S. via Elektra Records next year.

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