— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 6, 2017
Speaking about his monumental comeback after a yearlong hiatus, 25-year old Sheeran commented – “Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
“Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” together mark an exciting return for the multi-GRAMMY award winning singer-songwriter, showcasing two very different sides to his unparalleled musical palate. “Shape Of You” – co-written with Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac; produced by Steve Mac and co-produced by Sheeran – dismantles and rebuilds modern-pop music using little more than a loop pedal, an extension of the sound for which Ed’s become so well-known and has set him apart from his peers. “Castle On The Hill” – written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco – pays homage to growing up in the English countryside town of Framlingham, Suffolk. Its driving beats and Springsteen-esque riffs collide to create another stadium-ready anthem.
Despite being out of the spotlight for nearly all of 2016, Ed’s name was still associated with some of the year’s biggest hits. As one of the world’s most in-demand songwriters, he penned “Cold Water” for Major Lazer and “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber. “Love Yourself” is up for “Song of the Year” at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, earning Sheeran his 11th GRAMMY nomination. Sheeran himself is very familiar with this category – which specifically recognizes and honors songwriters – having been previously nominated for this award twice before, winning last year for his 7x-Platinum hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
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