Ed Sheeran's Philippines, Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 16 2017 11:51 PM

Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday that some upcoming shows could be cancelled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his arm in a cast and a sling.

"I've had a bit of a bicycle accident and I'm currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows," Sheeran told his 15.7 million followers on Instagram.

Britain's Daily Mail said the accident happened in London on Sunday.

Sheeran is due to perform in Taipei on Sunday at the start of a massive Asia tour taking in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India. He is also scheduled to play in the United Arab Emirates.

Sheeran is one of the best-selling artists in the world and his latest album "Divide" smashed Spotify records, drawing 57 million listens on the first day of its release -- nearly twice the previous highest.

The 26-year-old's new album performed especially well in his native Britain and in Ireland, where he traces ancestry and whose traditional music he incorporated into two songs on "Divide".

After several years of playing on the street and in bars, Sheeran won breakthrough international success with his 2014 love ballad "Thinking Out Loud".

That song became the first on Spotify to be streamed half a billion times.