As you can imagine, since we spend our days writing, we’re not really big on numbers. But with that said, Ed Sheeran’s announcement of his long-awaited album "=," (Equals) is definitely some math we can get behind.
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While as early as last month there was speculation that his next album would be titled "-" (Subtract), Equals, also continues his sequence of mathematical symbol titled albums, and is set to arrive on October 29, more than four years after Ed released 2017’s incredibly successful "÷" (Divide). Which of course was a follow up to its equally successful predecessors 2011’s “+” (Plus), and 2014’s “x” (Multiply).
After going through many life changes during his hiatus, Ed’s was obviously excited and eager to express it all through song, as he expressed in the albums official press release.
“‘=’ (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” he said in the announcement. “My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
After having kept us at bay for so long, not counting his 2019 mixtape No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed came through revealing more than just the album title and release date, but also the album’s tracklist, plus (see what we did there) also dropped the projects next single, “Visiting Hours,” in which he finds himself coming to terms with the loss of his mentor and friend, Australian music impresario Michael Gudinski. Featuring backing vocals from Michael’s close friends, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes, the track was written shortly after his passing, and originally debut at Gudinski’s memorial back in March.
Accompany the song, Ed also released performance video that you can check out below, right after you peep the list of 14 tracks.
‘=’ Official Tracklist:
3. First Times
4. Bad Habits
5. Overpass Graffiti
6. The Joker And The Queen
7. Leave Your Life
10. Stop The Rain
11. Love In Slow Motion
12. Visiting Hours
14. Be Right Now
While you obviously already recognize the albums first single “Bad Habits,” and now “Visiting Hours.” The press release further explains what we can expect from Sheeran’s upcoming album, because you already know, it’s Ed Sheeran - so emotions will be felt. According to the announcement, “=” is “a body of songs that thematically finds Ed taking stock of his life and the people in it, as he explores the varying degrees of love (‘The Joker And The Queen’, ‘First Times’, ‘2step’), loss (‘Visiting Hours’), resilience (‘Can’t Stop The Rain’) and fatherhood (‘Sandman’, ‘Leave Your Life’), while also processing his reality and career (‘Tides’).”
As always, until the release day comes and obviously continuously after you can get your fix of Ed by listening to Audacy’s Ed Sheeran Radio exclusive station for all of his biggest hits and favorite songs from around the world.