Ed Sheeran’s “Get Out and Play” and Pete Wentz’s “Memorial Day Mania” Specials Bring Pop and Rock Music Choices to Stations Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY – May 22, 2017 — Westwood One kicks off the summer season with two exclusive Memorial Day Weekend music specials hosted by GRAMMY-winner Ed Sheeran and AMA/MTV Award-winner Pete Wentz of the critically-acclaimed rock band Fall Out Boy. Westwood One's holiday music specials, with music’s biggest and brightest star hosts, have become a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers.

Get Out and Play, hosted by pop star Ed Sheeran, celebrates the beginning of summer with four hours of great music, information on this summer’s hottest tours, plus talk about the beach, summer vacation spots and new box office releases.

Memorial Day Mania, hosted by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, ignites the summer season with tour and summer music festival talk, new music coming out this summer, road trips, and more.

Multi-platinum, multiple GRAMMY Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 26 million albums sold and 5 billion Spotify streams. His just released, third studio album “÷” (pronounced divide) has proven to be a global phenomenon of its own, selling over 4 million units worldwide in its first week. In the U.S., “÷” entered the Billboard 200 at #1, scoring the biggest debut of the year with first week sales equivalents exceeding 451,000 units and has already been certified Gold, while in Sheeran’s native U.K., the album sold a staggering 672,000 units, topping the Official Albums Chart with the third highest week one sales of any album in the chart’s history, and has been certified 2x-Platinum. The landmark album has also gone to #1 on iTunes in 102 countries around the world, and shattered the record for the highest first week Spotify streams ever, logging more than 375 million streams over the full week. The first two singles released from “÷” – “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” – entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 and #6 respectively, making Sheeran the first artist ever to have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape Of You” earned Sheeran his first #1 on the Hot 100, where it currently stands for the 11th week, and has already been certified 2x-Platinum by the RIAA.

“÷” follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply), which was released in 2014 and proved to be both a critical and commercial success. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, the album has since been certified 4x-Platinum in the US and earned two GRAMMY nominations, including “Album of the Year.” Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date “Thinking Out Loud,” which has been certified 7x-Platinum, marked his first #1 at Top 40 radio, and won a pair of GRAMMY awards, including “Song Of The Year.” “x” was also a global sensation, ranking as the second best-selling album worldwide in 2015. Ed first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus), which was a top 5 debut and certified 2x-Platinum in the US, and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK where it has been certified 6x-Platinum. “+” is highlighted by “The A Team,” an international smash which earned Sheeran his first GRAMMY nomination (“Song Of The Year”) and has been certified 3x-Platinum in the US.

As one of the world's most in-demand songwriters, Sheeran has penned hit songs for both himself and other top artists including Taylor Swift, One Direction, The Weeknd, Major Lazer, Tori Kelley, and Justin Bieber, who’s blockbuster single “Love Yourself” was the #1 song on Billboard’s 2016 year end Hot 100 chart and nominated for “Song of the Year” at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. The nod earned Sheeran his 11th GRAMMY nomination, and the third time in the prestigious, songwriting category. In 2015, Sheeran was named Songwriter of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Sheeran’s “The A Team” had previously been recognized for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2012.

One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over three nights. Sheeran recently kicked off his world tour in support of “÷,” with the North American leg set to begin this summer.

Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

Pete Wentz is the bassist for Fall Out Boy, the GRAMMY-nominated Chicago rock band comprised of members Pete, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, and Andrew Hurley. The band's 2005 sophomore album, From Under the Cork Tree, was certified double platinum and featured the Top 10 hits "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance." 2007's Infinity on High topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, as did 2013's Save Rock and Roll and 2015's American Beauty/American Psycho. Fall Out Boy's latest album, M A N I A, will be released on September 15 and features the song "Young and Menace."

Stations can air Westwood One’s Get Out and Play and Memorial Day Mania Memorial Day Specials any time Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29, 2017, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Neal Bird at nbird@westwoodone.com or (310) 840-4207.

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