Ed Sheeran has announced his new record, =, will be released on 29 October. Alongside the announcement, Sheeran has released a video for the new track Visiting Hours.
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= is the fourth in a series of albums by Sheeran named after mathematical symbols, following +, × and ÷. The announcement follows the release of the track Bad Habits, which arrived in June.
=’s ArtworkA statement notes that production on = will range from both the guitar-led ballads Sheeran is known for to the “weightier, euphoric production moments” of tracks like Bad Habits. Bad Habits, notably, became Sheeran’s 10th UK number one, spending seven weeks on top of the UK singles charts.
Sheeran said of the new record in a statement: “= is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. 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.”
Visiting Hours, which has been released today, is a tribute to Sheeran’s late friend and mentor Michael Gudinski. The video features Sheeran and his band performing the acoustic track in a church.
See the video for Visiting Hours below
=’s full tracklist is below.
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