It's a good day to be a Sheerio. Earlier on Friday (March 4), Ed Sheeran announced that his single, "Sing," will be released on Monday. And since Ed doesn't believe in feeding album hype, he followed that up later in the day with the details of his sophomore album.
My 2nd album is called 'x' or 'multiply' and will released on the 23rd of June worldwide. Can't wait for you guys to hear it— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 4, 2014
X, as in "multiply," will drop June 23, nearly three years after his first album, +. The symbolic title fits right in with his equation. At first, fans thought the album would be called = when the singer tweeted the symbol earlier in the year.
Ed has been working with Rick Rubin and Pharrell for this effort, and put out a mysterious snippet of it back in February. And in 2013, he started playing new songs live, including "Tenerife Sea," "New York" and "Forever," which are expected to be on this album.
Sheeran and Tori Kelly also have a song locked and ready to go, but no word on where that will appear.
Even though I'm sure we're going to love it, at least we have Taylor Swift to vouch for it already.
"Whenever I finished a song, I'd send it to her to get her opinion," he told MTV News about his songwriting process for X. "She's heard all the songs and she's a good judge of what's good or not good."
"Sing" will debut at 7:30 p.m. (BST) on Monday (2:30 p.m. ET) on British DJ Zane Lowe's BBC Radio show.