This morning Ed Sheeran released two brand new singles to the public at 5am marking his most poignant return to music since 2015. The highly anticipated Shape of You and Castle on the Hill have already had over 4500,000 views each on the singers Youtube channel as well as being performed live on BBC Radio 1 this morning.
The “Thinking Out Loud” singer has been teasing hints about his releases on social media for the past week, by changing his profile picture blue and posting the mathematical symbol “÷”, hinting at a new studio album which many were hoping for this morning.
Rather than releasing just a single, or a whole album, Ed went for the middle ground by gifting us with two singles posting to fans:“Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
Ed spoke to BBC Radio 1 this morning about his new singles from the upcoming album ÷ (Divided) telling them that Castle on the Hill is a “love song about Suffolk”. Sheeran’s record label Atlantic claimed it was a Springsteenesque “homage to growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk”. While Shape of You was originally written with Rhianna in mind but told Scott Mills “But then I was singing some of the lyrics and was like Rihanna is not going to sing these words so kept it to myself,”.
There’s still no news of when Ed will be releasing his third studio album “÷”.