After a year-long hiatus, Ed Sheeran is set to release his third LP album, Divide.
The announcement of new music came as a surprise to fans when Sheeran posted the same video of him holding a sign that said “new music coming Friday!!” on several social media platforms on New Years Day. A day after, Sheeran posted a 10 second video of the album artwork and reaffirmed a release date of January 6th.
The inner-workings of this album can be dated back to 2014 when Sheeran supposedly leaked the album title. A fan on twitter tweeted a photo of what was meant to be the tracklist of Sheeran’s sophomore album, Multiply, on iTunes, but disclosed the title for Sheeran’s third LP:
Interestingly enough, the third and 12th tracks, “My Love” and “The Hills of Aberfeidy” respectively, under Multiply weren’t on the released album. Fans are left to wonder whether those two tracks were switched out from the songs under the playlist titled DIVIDE, and why they didn’t make the final cut.
Sheeran didn’t specify whether Friday’s release consists of just one song or a whole album, but after a year of radio silence, new music of any kind is better than no new music at all.
Before the hiatus, Sheeran took to social media platforms to proclaim that he’s already begun working on his third album, and it’s “the best thing I have made thus far.”