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Following the success of his recent single “Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran has announced he’ll release a new album later this year.
Titled = (Equals), similar to how his first three albums were also titled after symbols such as divide and plus, Sheeran’s latest is set to release on Oct. 29 through Atlantic Records. To coincide with the reveal of his album plans, Sheeran has also shared the new track “Visiting Hours” and its accompanying performance video. Prior to the announcement of Equals—cover art embedded above—Sheeran returned with the wild video for his track “Bad Habits.”
“= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” said Ed Sheeran in a statement. “My life changed greatly over the past few years—I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
Sheeran last dropped a full-length project with 2019’s No. 6 Collaborations Project, which featured team-ups with the likes of Eminem, Justin Bieber, and Young Thug among others. His last solo project was 2017’s ÷ (Divide), which spent a total of 232 weeks on the Billboard 200.
Sheeran is also scheduled to perform at the NFL 2021 Kickoff experience on Sept. 9 ahead of the start of the season.
Watch the performance of “Visiting Hours” above.