Ed Sheeran is taking the world by storm yet again. He announced yesterday that his third full-length album is titled ÷ and it is coming very, very soon (March 3rd to be exact). Sheeran has been out of the spotlight for some time now, taking a well needed and deserved break, so it goes without saying that this album has been hugely anticipated. The announcement comes just days after the release of two brand new tracks, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, which together racked up a whopping 13 million streams just in their first 24 hours, breaking Spotify’s ‘day 1’ streaming record. The two songs each individually took over the spot from Sheeran’s pals One Direction with their track Drag Me Down. Shape of You has also recently broke the record for most single-day streams, beating out Adele’s Hello.
Ed gets a lot more personal on this album, pulling inspiration from past relationships, family, and the time off he took to travel the world. He recorded the album between LA, London, Suffolk, and onboard the RMS Queen Mary 2 while he was traveling across the Atlantic. He says of the record:
“First off, what a week! The reaction to my new singles has been absolutely mind-blowing and I can’t thank you enough. My new album ÷ holds a very special place in my heart and I really believe this is my best work to date. I’ve been eager to get back and I couldn’t be more excited for March 3rd.”
The album will be available for pre-order here starting January 13th at midnight.