Ed Sheeran announced his brand new album social media earlier today. The forthcoming LP, called “-” or “Subtract”, will be released on May 5th by Atlantic Records. This album will mark the end of his mathematical album era, which began with “+”, followed by “x”, “÷”, and “=”. Sheeran shared that he had been working on “Subtract” for a decade, trying to create the perfect acoustic album, and had written and recorded hundreds of songs with a clear vision in mind.
However, a series of events in 2022 changed his life, mental health, and perspective on music and art. He described how writing songs is his therapy, and that he wrote without any thought of what the songs would be, simply allowing his deepest and darkest thoughts to tumble out. Within a week, he had replaced a decade’s worth of work with these new songs.
During this time, his pregnant wife was diagnosed with a tumor, his best friend passed away suddenly, and he found himself defending his career as a songwriter in court. Sheeran felt like he was spiraling through fear, depression, and anxiety and wanted to create something that accurately represented where he was in his adult life.
For this album, he teamed up with The National’s Aaron Dessner and they wrote over 30 songs during a month-long studio session. The resulting 14-track album is set to feature folk-leaning qualities as well as full-band and orchestral arrangements, and is a deeply personal and honest representation of where Sheeran is in his life right now.
The new collabs from Ed Sheeran’s brand new No. 6 Collaborations project are blowing us away.
Of the many tracks, which can be downloaded or streamed on all your favorite platforms here, our early favorite is the ‘Shape of You’ singer’s track with two of the most talent female artists in the game, Camila Cabello and Cardi B. The unlikely trio makes for an amazing team on ‘South of the Border’ and we need a spicy live performance of the record asap!
Off his brand new No. 6 Collaborations project, Ed Sheeran has released the official music video for the LP’s Travis Scott collab, ‘Antisocial’.
The new visuals come on the day of the album’s release, which can be downloaded or streamed on all your favorite platforms here. The track is easily one of our favorite and most unexpected collaborations from the new project and the music video is as entertaining as the song itself.
It was just over a year ago that Ed Sheeran delivered an amazing performance at Chicago’s Allstate Arena for his headlining Divide (÷) Tour, and 13 months later Sheeran’s tour is still rolling and bigger than ever, as Sheeran made the leap from performing U.S. arenas to selling out stadiums. So although the songs and style have stayed about the same, Thursday night’s sold-out performance at Soldier Field was on an entirely different level than shows past.
Marking the Grammy winning singer’s biggest Chicago show to date, fans fought the cold to fill the home of the Chicago Bears to watch Ed Sheeran and his memorable one-man-show.
So to get the night started, fans who arrived on-time were rewarded with two great opening sets, from emerging ‘I Like Me Better’ singer Lauv and Northern Ireland’s Snow Patrol. From Lauv showing us why he is one of our favorite new artists to Snow Patrol closing their set with their mega-hit ‘Chasing Cars’, the first half of the night had its share of great moments.
But despite great sets to kick off the night, there was no denying that Ed Sheeran is the man who everyone came to see. And when we say “the man”, we couldn’t mean it more literally because it was Ed Sheeran and Ed Sheeran alone who blessed the stage for the headlining performance. No band, no backup singers, just Ed Sheeran, his guitar, a mic and a loop pedal, a long-time Sheeran staple for his live shows. However, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance and surely a few first timers, Sheeran still took the time to preface that he was performing with no pre-recorded instrumentals or a band hidden behind his massive stage production.
Sheeran started off his set on a high note with his ÷ single ‘Castle On The Hill’, before showing off his rapping skills with ‘Eraser’. Throughout the performance Sheeran jumped from tracks from ÷ and hits from his previous LPs, putting together a carefully crafted setlist. One minute fans are singing along to ‘The A Team’ and the next Chicago’s Irish community is jamming out to Ed’s performance of ‘Galway Girl’.
What was most surprising about Sheeran’s Soldier Field show was the night’s overall mood. Despite a huge stage and performing at the biggest venue in Chicago (reserved for the biggest names in music), Ed Sheeran still delivers an especially intimate performance. Talking with fans between songs and leaving the poppy tour theatrics at home, it feels like it’s just you and Sheeran in the room, that is until Sheeran closed out his performance with his 2014 track ‘Sing’, where there was no avoiding the 50,000 fans joining in the song’s chorus.
The night didn’t end there however, as Sheeran returned after his regular set to perform a 2-song encore of ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and his huge 2017 single ‘Shape Of You’, the track that likely played the biggest role in raising Sheeran to the stadium status that he holds in the U.S. today. While Sheeran’s regular set already made for a memorable night, the encore was the cherry on top of an amazing performance.
It isn’t hard to find a surplus of reasons to catch Ed Sheeran live on tour. He has dominated the charts for the past two years and his infectious personality makes him one of our favorite singer to root for, and did we mention he has one of the best voices in music today? While pop tours often follow a cookie-cutter format, Ed Sheeran’s creativity makes for a very unique and special experience that all music fans enjoy.
Last night’s show was certainly perfect in more ways than one.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of the Divide Tour here.
After a brief hiatus, Lil Dicky dropped the new music video and single for his forthcoming album. Co-starring/featuring singer Chris Brown, and paying homage to the 2003 Lindsay Lohan film, ‘Freaky Friday’ shows what would happen if Chris Brown and Lil Dicky magically switched bodies.
And if a feature from C. Breezy wasn’t enough, the video/track also features cameos from Kendall Jenner and Ed Sheeran, as well as an appearance from Netflix‘s “American Vandall” star, Jimmy Tatro.
While his ÷ (Divide) single and Beyonce collaboration, ‘Perfect’, is killing it on the charts, Ed Sheeran has blessed fans across North America by extending his forthcoming 2018 stadium tour with eight new dates.
Adding stops in Chicago, Milwaukee, Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and scheduling additional dates in New Jersey and Massachusetts, Sheeran will be all over North America in the fall.
Fans can register for the tour’s Verified Fan Presale via Ticketmaster.com, with the presale period beginning on Monday, February 12th at 10AM ET.
Peep the dates and new additions to Ed Sheeran’s North American tour below.
Ed Sheeran fans everywhere were in a panic as their attempts to purchase tickets to the ‘Shape Of You’ singer’s summer tour were instantly met with “sold out” notices on Ticketmaster, with several dates of the tour selling out in under a mintue. But don’t worry, fans in some of Ed’s most dedicated North American markets were bailed out, as additional dates have been added to the ÷ (divide) Tour.
As of now, additional dates have been added to Sheeran’s stops in Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., Boston and Nashville. So if you weren’t able to purchase tickets to those cities’ (now) sold-out shows, make sure you try again for the new dates.
Check out the North American dates for Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming tour below and be sure to keep an eye on Ticketmaster as addition dates may still be announced.
Ed Sheeran has rewarded his North American fans for their patience today, as the ‘Shape of You’ singer announced the dates and locations for the North American leg of his 2017 tour, in support of his new LP, ÷ (divide).
Following his global dates, Ed Sheeran will head over to the states, kicking off the North American leg of his tour on June 29th in Kansas City, MO. Sheeran will make stops in St. Paul, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montreal, Dallas and many more, on the 59-date leg, until the tour concludes October 6th in Nashville.
A fan pre-sale for the North American dates will begin on March 13th, via Ticketmaster, with tickets being made available for the general public on March 17th. Fans can visit Ed Sheeran’s official website for more information.
Check out the North American dates for Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming tour below.