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2017 is off to a great start and it’s all thanks in large part to Ed Sheeran, who decided to grace us with his presence in the form of not one, but TWO new singles.
Well HEY THERE, Ed! Welcome back! We missed you! Stay awhile, will ya?
After almost TWO whole years, Ed Sheeran has officially stepped back into the spotlight since releasing his last single, “Photograph” in May of 2015, and he comes bearing two new gifts in the form of music. Ed has been teasing lyrics and backtracks to his songs since last Sunday, and he’s also given fans not-so-subtle hints that his next album will be called Divide, following his last two, Plus and Multiply.
BUT back to the music. The first track Ed released just last night, called “Shape of You”, is not your typical Ed Sheeran anthem. It features xylophone and synthesizer-like sounds, but it’s evident that Ed still stays true to his direct, up-front and sultry style of writing. Check it out:
And if you’re listening, thinking this track could also seem fit for artists like Sia or Rihanna, well, you’re not entirely wrong. Ed revealed during an interview with BB1 Radio that he originally had Rihanna in mind while writing the track…
On the complete other hand, his next single released, called “Castle on the Hill”, is one of those reminiscing-about-a-bittersweet-past-while-driving-down-a-never-ending-country-road type of tune, and judging by the fast-paced, but surprisingly soothing melody of this song, his forthcoming album is sure to keep us guessing…
As the tracks were released on iTunes last night, Ed also took to Twitter to share the news, writing QUOTE, “Cause I’ve been away for a bit here’s two singles rather than one.” And it didn’t take long before millions, including his bestie Taylor Swift to instantly fan-girl over the track, as she took to Instagram to share a screenshot of “Shape of You”, writing in all caps, “OH MY GOD. OKAY ITS HAPPENING. EVERYBODY STAY CALM”, and that just about sums up how we feel.
As for even more good news, Ed also revealed during his BBC interview that the next time he decides to fall off the face of the earth and leave us all hanging, it will be much, MUCH shorter, like two weeks, instead of a whole year, in his words.
But if a break is what he needed to come back with more music, then I’d say it was a well-deserved and much needed. Ed talked about everything he did during his year off, which included whitewater rafting, swimming with bull sharks without a cage, dipping his foot in a boiling hot spring, bungee jumping and taking a nose dive by being strapped to the front of director Peter Jackson’s war plane.
And how he accomplished all of this without being recognized? He revealed his secret to staying undercover, saying, “I never really saw anything other than a hotel room, a venue and a bar while touring, so I wanted to go traveling properly. No one really cares about me in Japan. There are like two people that like me in Japan…I specifically picked places that I wasn’t really liked.”
Well it’s safe to say Ed lived his BEST life last year, and we can’t really blame him because his new music is FIRE. But right now I’m curious to hear your thoughts on his two new singles, so get the conversation going right down here in the comments, and after that, don’t forget to click right here to check out a hilarious Parkour lesson on Beauty Trippin and as always don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for hanging out with me here on Clevver News, I’m your host Emile Ennis Jr. and have a happy weekend friends.
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