Ed Sheeran fans, rejoice!
The English singer-songwriter might have taken a bit of a sabbatical from making music last year, but Contact Music reports that Sheeran will be back with another album this year. The most interesting piece of news that’s come to light is that all of the songs on his new album will be duets, including tracks where Ed will be joined by Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocelli, and Beyoncé.
Sheeran will also collaborate with other “lesser known hip-hop artists,” according to The Sun.
Although the newspaper didn’t report exactly when fans can expect the album to release, the tentative timeline suggests that it will be out later this year.
Sheeran had taken a break from recording, as he poured his efforts into promoting his music in the past year. Thanks to his rigorous touring schedule, the “Shape of You” singer was the most successful musician last year — at least financially. His world tour with his third album, Divide, raked in more than $450 million in 2018 alone.
Data collected by Pollstar shows that Ed’s concerts were some of the most attended musical events of last year, with the musician selling 4.86 million tickets for shows during the past 12 months, including four sold-out dates he performed at the 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London.
”The ‘Divide Tour’ was a perfect storm of medium-priced tickets, future classic singles that exploded globally, a compelling solo performance that embraced audience participation, a production that was successfully upgraded from arenas to stadiums, and having a huge online presence that connected him directly with fans.'” Andy Gensler, the executive editor of Pollstar, said about the tour’s success.
Fans are expecting Ed to come up with some great music following his absence from social media. The singer took a break from Twitter, saying that he would rather use the time to focus on creating music.
His habit of trying to evade the public eye culminated with his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Cheery Seaborn, in a low-key ceremony that took place last week.
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Meanwhile, Sheeran, who has appeared in a few films — mostly as himself — will make another appearance in Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s next film, Yesterday. The movie focuses on a musician named Jack Malik, who, after a worldwide power outage, realizes that nobody has heard about The Beatles. He soon begins to perform their music, helping him to accrue a massive fanbase. Ed Sheeran will play a musician called E.J., and fans of the singer-songwriter should be excited about this new role, which is meatier than his previous movie appearances.
Check out Sheeran in the trailer below.