Ed Sheeran is gearing up to release new music, and it will be here before you know it. Sheerios were over the moon when the pop star released his single “Bad Habits” on June 25, and he’s got even more bops up his sleeve. The new details of his fifth studio album are slowly but surely emerging, so it’s time to get excited. Here’s what fans should know about Ed Sheeran's Equals.
Sheeran dropped the exciting news about his new album via Instagram on Aug. 19. The singer revealed the album title would be ‘=’ (pronounced Equals) and fans can expect it to arrive Oct. 29. Sheeran also said the album has been four years in the making.
“I started writing and recording this album June 2017,” he revealed. “It's been a long, long process. I’ve been through love, loss, new life, grief, and everything in between during the whole period of writing it, and I feel like it’s really a coming of age record.”
For Sheeran, the record is an especially emotional one because it was partially inspired by his late friend Michael. “I’ve never been more proud of a body of work, or more excited/nervous for you all to hear it. The next song off of it is called ‘Visiting Hours,’ which I finished for my friend Michael who sadly passed away this year,” he said in the post.
Sheeran promised “lots more music to come,” but, for now, here are all the details of what Sheerios can look forward to.
Equal will hit all major streaming platforms on Oct. 29.
In his album announcement post, Sheeran included the full tracklist. Equal will include 14 songs in total, including his first two singles, “Bad Habits” and “Visiting Hours.” Check out the full tracklist below:
- First Times
- Bad Habits
- Overpass Graffiti
- The Joker and the Queen
- Leave Your Life
- Stop the Rain
- Love in Slow Motion
- Visiting Hours
- Be Right Now
Sheeran released the first music video tied to Equals in June. The “Bad Habits” visual saw Sheeran take on a vampire persona and fly through the streets with his blood-sucking friends.
On the same day he announced his album, Sheeran revealed the names of several musicians he’d been working on the record with.
“Thank you to @kylieminogue and @jimmybarnesofficial for sharing their talent on the backing vocals of the recorded version of this song,” he wrote alongside a snippet of his song “Visiting Hours.” At the time, they were the only known collaborators.
You can see the preview of “Visiting Hours” below.
It’s been nearly four years since fans were blessed with a solo album from Sheeran, but, so far, it seems the wait was worth it.