The announcement of the singles was accompanied by imagery of an obelus, widely known as the divide symbol – a gif of which has been circulating his Twitter page earlier this week. With Sheerans first two albums being named + (2011) and x (2014), it is widely assumed that his third effort will be named ÷ (divide).
Although he had been in the background for several years, playing open mics in London and LA and opening for Nizlopi, it was in 2011 where Sheeran shot to fame, his debut single ‘The A Team’ reaching Number Three in the UK singles chart, and becoming the highest selling debut single of the year. Since then, Sheeran has had both his albums see multi-platinum sales, and been honoured with two Brits and two Grammy awards.
December 13 last year saw the 25 year old singer-songwriter break a one year hiatus from musical activity and social media with a cryptic image of a blue square on his Twitter page. New Years Day he posted a picture of himself holding a sign stating, ‘New Music Coming Friday’.
Speaking about his comeback, Sheeran stated;
“Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’ are available now via Itunes, Spotify and Apple Music.