After two years away from the media, the industry and the chaos, Ed Sheeran is back!
The singer released not one but TWO singles this morning and his fans were undoubtedly freaking out. This is the first music the world has heard from Ed since 2015 and it's safe to say he may have just kick-started 2017!
One of the tracks he released is titled, "Shape Of You" and it's safe to say that it's a bit different than the Ed we're all used to. The sounds and rhythms have more of a pop sound. It's upbeat and definitely a jam. The lyrics are written beautifully and tell the story of two lovers who meet after a night out.
The next track is called, "Castle On The Hill" and it's SO Ed. The beat and the lyrics almost bring fans back to a place they never knew they missed. Niall Horan even gave this song a shoutout on Twitter writing, "Castle on the hill is my kind of song . . Reminds me of home."
Castle on the hill is my kind of song . . Reminds me of home— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 6, 2017
These two songs are reportedly part of a new album that Ed will drop sometime this year. There's no telling when that will happen but fans speculate that he will continue the theme of mathematical symbols. He tweeted a divide symbol just recently ahead of dropping the new tunes.
÷— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 5, 2017
Regardless of what he decides to do with the album, these songs are amazing and are definitely getting fans excited for what is to come!
So what did Ed do with all of this time off besides work on his music? TRAVEL! He chatted with BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show and said, "I never really saw anything other than a hotel room, a venue and a bar [while touring], so I wanted to go traveling properly. No one really cares about me in Japan. There are like two people that like me in Japan...I specifically picked places that I wasn't really liked."
He went whitewater rafting, swam with bull sharks, jumped out of a plane, dipped his feet in a boiling hot spring and bungee jumped. Whoa...we didn't realize Ed was such a daredevil – did you?!
After all that, he admitted that coming back to music was a bit difficult. Not because he didn't want to but because he had to relearn everything! He said, "I spent like a day relearning everything. The next time I take a break, it will be two weeks, not a year."
What. A. Relief.
Listen to the tracks below and let us know what you think in the comments!