After taking a break from social media for more than a year, Ed Sheeran has finally come back online — and in the span of a few days he’s already turning the internet upside down.
On new year’s day, the Thinking Out Loud singer announced that there would be “new music coming Friday” (that’s today!), and has since been posting snippets of his new material on Instagram and Twitter. The most substantial reveal appeared on Snapchat yesterday, where the previous teasers came together to form a 30-second preview of a new song. He might not be able to find love in a club, but Ed clearly hasn’t lost his groove.
Lo and behold, just this afternoon, Ed Sheeran yet again released not one, but two teasers of his new songs: Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. Listen to it here.
The two singles are Sheeran’s first releases since 2015 and are very, very different. ‘Castle On The Hill”, written by Ed and Benny Blanco (also on production), pays homage to growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk.
“Shape Of You” is inspired by Bruce Springsteen and from the sounds of it Foy Vance – it was written by Ed, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac (also on production), dismantles and rebuilds a modern pop track with a a loop pedal – it’s an extension of the sound his breakout moment “You Need Me (I Don’t Need You)”.
Sheeran said: “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.”
On top of new music, Sheeran has also hinted at the name of his third studio album. Much like “+” and “x” before it, the third record will feature the “÷” symbol, so we can safely assume that the album will be called “divide” or some variation of the word. Right now we’re more curious about his obsession with math, and wondering if he’ll retire when he runs out of symbols.