English singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor, Edward Christopher Sheeran MBE, known professionally as Ed Sheeran, has announced his new album called “=” also pronounced as Equals.
The album is slated to hit all major streaming platforms on October 29, 2021.
Making the announcement via his Instagram page on Thursday, Sheeran said; “My 4th studio album ‘=‘ comes out October 29th, and is available to preorder today on all platforms, cd, vinyl and cassette. I started writing and recording this album June 2017.
“Its 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. 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. If you preorder the album you get this song with it, but it’s also on all platforms from now too. Lots more music to come, but for now I hope you are as excited as me for this album. ‘=‘ everywhere from October 29th x”.
This comes more than four years after the release of his blockbuster album “-”. It also comes at the end of a long quiet period for Sheeran in the years since he finished his tour behind 2017’s “Divide” — during the time in which he released a mixtape-type “No. 6 Collaborations Project” in 2019 and became father to a daughter who is nearly a year old.
Sheeran’s debut album, + (pronounced “plus”), was released in September 2011 and topped the UK Albums Chart. It contained his first hit single “The A Team”. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Sheeran’s second studio album, × (pronounced “multiply”), was released in June 2014 and was named the second-best-selling album worldwide of 2015.