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ED SHEERAN'S BACK (UPDATE)

The return of Ed Sheeran—perhaps the brightest star in Max Lousada’s galaxy—has officially arrived today in the form of not one but two new tracks. Naturally, they’ve shot to the top of the iTunes chart in Blighty just hours after release, with “Shape of You” at #1 and “Castle on the Hill” at #2, released by Ben Cook’s Atlantic imprint via Lousada’s WMG. Listen within.

The lyric videos have had over 479k and 457k views on YouTube respectively at the time of writing.

“Castle on the Hill” is an ode to Sheeran's home county, Suffolk, while love song “Shape of You” was originally written with Rihanna in mind before the Brit decided to keep it for himself. They are the first tracks to be released from Sheeran’s upcoming third album, ÷. It follows the multimillion-selling + and x.

Sheeran co-hosted the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning, where he tipped label mate Anne-Marie for big success this year. He will revisit the Beeb for a Live Lounge session on 2/21.

Sheeran's hotly anticipated third album is likely to be one of 2017's biggest releases, and is rumoured to be preceded by a Glastonbury headline performance.  

 

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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