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Irish singer Gavin James has signed a lucrative recording contract with top US label Capitol Records.

There had been rumours of the deal last month, but the Dubliner confirmed the news yesterday.

He posted a picture of himself signing the deal on Twitter.

"Delighted to announce I've been signed to Capitol Records for America. Thanks everybody for the support - you legends," he wrote.

Ed Sheeran is a big fan of Gavin and has tipped him for great things.

The singer is set to have a busy year and is hoping to have a new album recorded soon.

"I'm doing a lot of stuff this year. I'm pretty much going to be in the States for most of it," he said.

"They heard the live album and said, 'He's pretty good'. It's great.

"I'll be recording in London and hopefully I'll have it all done by March."

Meanwhile, Gavin's Live At Whelan's album has stormed the charts, and he recently thanked Sheeran for his support.

Sheeran told his 10.3 million social media followers last year to get behind the Irish musician.

"Record labels, if you ignore Gavin James you are losing out," he wrote online.

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"I met Ed at the Ruby sessions in Doyles a few months ago and he's just a lovely guy and I went on tour with a friend of his and we just chatted," said Gavin.

Famous names with Capitol Records include Mary J Blige, The Foo Fighters and previously The Beatles.

Gavin won the Meteor Choice Award for Song of the Year in 2012 and since then has toured with Dublin-lads Kodaline as well as James Blunt.

Meanwhile, Sheeran has announced a special concert in Dublin later this month.

The hit singer has chosen Whelan's in Wexford Street to feature in the VH1 Storytellers series which sees artists perform and talk about their songs in front of an audience.

Around 400 fans will get into the surprise gig, but it is not yet known if tickets will be made available to the public.

The show will be broadcast live on VH1, with artists choosing venues that have a special meaning for them.

Whelan's is special to Sheeran because it was where he first saw Damien Rice play, a gig that, he said, "changed my life" as a teenager.

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