‘Divide,’ Ed Sheeran’s New Album: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Ed Sheeran visits Music Choice in NYC. (Getty)

One can argue that Ed Sheeran got a huge boost from his pop star buddies like Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and more, but the 25-year-old singer-songwriter has racked up awards and acclaim since breaking onto the music scene. In other words, he’s got the credibility to back up his rise to fame. In fact, his recently announced album, Divide (or, ÷) is one of the most anticipated albums of 2017.

Ahead of this release, Sheeran took a year-long hiatus from the music business. This meant that he was off social media for most of that time, working on his music and enjoying his personal time. Most of that time was spent with his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, but the hiatus has produced a new record on the way.

Here are five fast facts you need to know ahead of this album’s March 3 release date.

1. Sheeran’s New Songs ‘Shape Of You’ & ‘Castle On The Hill’ are Already Breaking Records

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We still have another month to get through before the release date of Divide, but the album’s first two singles are already breaking records. “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” went straight to the top two spots on the UK Singles charts. This is the first time in the Official Charts Company‘s history that this has happened, according to the BBC.

“Both tracks mean a huge amount to me so it really is amazing to see them go to the top of the chart together on the first week,” he said in his statement to the Official Charts Company.

He went on to say that he’s excited for everyone to hear the new album. Clearly, his fans are also quite excited about the new songs already.

As more charts start collecting data, Billboard predicts that Sheeran’s two singles will debut in the top 10 of the Hot 100 Chart. This report goes on to suggest that “Shape of You” could debut in the No. 1 spot!

2. Ed Sheeran Wrote One of Justin Bieber’s Best Songs

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“Love Yourself,” which could mark a new career high point for Justin Bieber, was originally going to end up on Divide, but the British crooner gave it to the pop star. If you didn’t know that already, listening to the song’s structure and minimalistic approach has Sheeran’s name written all over it.

Sheeran is quoted saying “Love Yourself” just wouldn’t have fit on Divide, according to NME. Take that however you’d like, but we still get to enjoy the Bieber version.

Aside from Bieber’s hit, Sheeran also penned Major Lazer’s “Cold Water.” The song also includes vocals from Bieber and . So we know Sheeran’s songwriting can cross a number of genres.

3. Ed Sheeran Revealed the ‘Divide’ Tracklist on Instagram

Tracklist announcements don’t get enough hype around them as they should, but Sheeran certainly used more of an old-school word-of-mouth. D.I.Y. approach, albeit with the help of his countless Instagram followers. Some fans might’ve even missed the big news of this reveal, too.

There are twelve tracks, which shows Sheeran is staying true to his pattern. His previous releases also featured twelve tracks.

÷ Tracklist

1. Eraser
2. Castle On The Hill
3. Dive
4. Shape Of You
5. Perfect
6. Galway Girl
7. Happier
8. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
9. New Man
10. What Do I Know?
11. How Would You Feel (Paean)
12. Supermarket Flowers

Speaking of his new songs, Ed Sheeran revealed some information about a few of the new tracks.

4. Sheeran Sings a Song in Spanish for the Album’s Deluxe Release

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Ed Sheeran visits SiriusXM Studios in New York City. (Getty)

He’s able to make music fit into genres like folk, pop, EDM and more, so it kind of makes sense that he’d throw in a song in Spanish. Sheeran revealed to 92.3 AMP Radio that the deluxe version of his new record will feature a “love song for Barcelona.”

“I sing in Spanish on one of the deluxe songs as well – ‘Barcelona,’” he told the station. He added that he doesn’t speak Spanish every day, but he loves the city so much, the song had to be in Spanish.

According to Sheeran’s official website, the Deluxe Vinyl Edition of his upcoming album will include four extra tracks. Now we know one of them is even in Spanish.

5. Sheeran’s Girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, Influenced the Album’s Songs

Ed Sheeran’s time off from music in 2016 led him to develop significant relationship with his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn. The two traveled together and ended up moving into the same place, Sheeran revealed in a recent interview with BBC Radio 2. He also revealed that they even have cats together.

“I think when you have cats that’s kind of it,” Sheeran said.

“I’m actually the happiest I’ve been and it’s because I had a year to spend with someone. I’ve always started relationships then gone off on tour,” he explained. Sheeran went on to say that one track in particular, “Perfect,” is about Cherry.

Sheeran also told Heart FM that he’s with his “current girl for almost two years,” when asked about the song “Perfect.”

Seaborn and Sheeran reportedly met in high school. They were spotted a little over a year ago enjoying time with Taylor Swift and her now ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. Then they were spotted at a Mets game, and it was pretty much confirmed they were an item.

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