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Ed Sheeran Pours Heart Into New Album

Ed Sheeran Pours Heart Into New Album

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Wake up, Bee Hive! Ed Sheeran is back! 

The international singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, made an exciting announcement earlier this week. The final album in his mathematical series, -, is to be released in just a few short months. Fans have been speculating about this release since he embarked on his Mathematics Tour. The subtract sign was featured on the tour’s announcement poster, hinting at a potential release.

Ed Sheeran has been playing music since he picked up a guitar at age twelve. First, he learned how to play ‘Layla’ by Eric Clapton and soon many other of his favorite songs. The singer previously explained that one of his biggest influences in music was his father, John, who introduced him to Damian Rice, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. Artists who have influenced Ed Sheeran’s approach to songwriting and, in turn, this deeply personal upcoming album.

In 2011, Sheeran released his first full-length album + and quickly started gaining traction. In the years to follow, his records x, ÷, and = led to even more success. He’s collaborated with some of the most prominent artists in music today and has been awarded four Grammys. Fans will be happy to know that the new album will also feature songwriting collaborations with one of the currently most in-demand songwriters and talented artists; keep reading for more info on that because we’re getting ahead of ourselves with excitement!

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Diving Deep

The ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer opened up on social media about the personal writing process of -. “Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumor, with no route to treatment until after the birth. My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter.”

He had been working on this body of work for most of his career. He was trying to perfectly capture an acoustic album that fans would love and relate to. However, life had other plans. So Ed Sheeran found himself scrapping a decade’s worth of work out for an embodiment of his adult life thus far. 

“As an artist,” Sheeran started, “I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life.”

The album is a body of work that pushes the line between personal and public. It has already been described as “the most profound songwriting of his career” prior to its release.

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Fans will be excited to know that Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Aaron Dessner, who has notably produced with Taylor Swift, Gracie Abrams, and Mumford & Sons. Introduced by Swift herself, Dessner and Sheeran spent time collaborating remotely. They spent an entire week recording several songs, fourteen of which will be featured on

We are so excited to listen to this album that we have, ‘Shivers’! You can pre-orderright now and listen to it in full on May 5, 2023. And don’t miss seeing Ed Sheeran at a stadium near you starting this spring. For ticket information and a full lineup of cities, you can go here. What song from the tracklist do you think is going to be your favorite? Let us know on socials @thehoneyPOP or in the comments below! 


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