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Sheeran ends hiatus with new music

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Ed Sheeran's newest album  will be released on March 3 and features 16 songs.

Ed Sheeran's newest album will be released on March 3 and features 16 songs.

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Ed Sheeran's newest album will be released on March 3 and features 16 songs.

Sam DeCuicies

After his hiatus from the music scene, the famous ginger from Britain has finally returned. Ed Sheeran’s newest album “÷is set to drop on March 3.

To promote the album, Sheeran released two singles on Jan. 6. Prior to these songs, Sheeran’s latest release dated back to 2014 with his album “X” (pronounced multiply), which reached No. 1 on the charts in 15 countries.

Sheeran has solely used social media, specifically Twitter, to notify his fans of his upcoming music. On Jan. 1, he tweeted out the video that started it all. The clip showed Sheeran holding a sign that read “New music coming Friday [Jan.1]!!” Eleven days later, he tweeted “÷ out 3rd March. Pre-order will go live at midnight in your country x” with a picture of the album cover.

The two singles Sheeran recently released are titled “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You.” “Castle On The Hill” is an upbeat song with lyrics that reminisce about  growing up in Suffolk, England. It takes a turn in the bridge, however, when Sheeran sings about the lives of his old friends.

When I first listened to the song it almost made me cry, because it is filled with nostalgia that makes me think of my home town and one day leaving it.

The next song Sheeran released is “Shape of You,” a love song about meeting a girl and wanting to be intimate with her. The song is a good one to dance to and very catchy, with a repeating style that is popular in pop music.

While this song may be a bit suggestive, I like the idea of loving the “shape” of someone. To me, it has a very nice message, and it’s also a fun song to listen to. Sheeran’s lyrical skills shine in both songs, and they can be found on YouTube, Spotify and other music streaming sites.

Unlike his past albums “+” and “x”, “÷”  is going down a more pop-oriented route with these two songs. As a songwriter and musician, Sheeran has always had a unique style. Some of his songs had many lyrics and were almost rap-like, while others were slower and calmer. Yet, the recurring theme in his music has always been his guitar, the only instrument he uses while performing besides a loop pedal.

While his style may seem to be changing, I have no doubt that he will win the hearts of many with his new music when the rest of  “÷” is released on March 3.

 

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