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Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album = has dropped

Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album = (equals) has dropped.

The highly anticipated record comes nearly four years after the release of Divide and features catchy singles Bad Habits and Shivers which are already hugely successful.

Speaking to Zane Lowe during Apple Music’s exclusive First Listen: Ed Sheeran livestream ahead of the release, Sheeran explained the special place one of the songs holds.

The track titled Visiting Hours deals with the passing of his close friend, Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski, who passed away in March this year.

Singer Ed Sheeran with music promoter Michael Gudinski.
Camera IconSinger Ed Sheeran with music promoter Michael Gudinski. Credit: SUPPLIED/Supplied

“So when I write the songs they’re very personal to me, but then when I release them, they belong to everyone and therefore they’re not mine any more,” Sheeran said.

“I got asked if I get emotional playing Visiting Hours at shows now, and I don’t. I honestly don’t, because that song is so important to so many other people now, so I don’t feel like that song is mine to hold.

“I’ve got loads of other songs that are unreleased that are my songs to hold, but all of these songs that are out there [belong to everyone].”

Sheeran told The Sun Sir Elton John was a great support during that time.

“But then when Michael died he rang me the day after and I just broke down and cried. And from that day — I spoke to him this morning, yesterday — no word of a lie, every single day he’s rung me. Whether it’s a half-hour chat or two minutes, he always checks up on me,” Sheeran said.

It comes as Sheeran, who tested positive to COVID-19 earlier in the week revealed his fears for his baby daughter who has also contracted the virus.

“I’m self-isolating with my daughter. I have been alone with her, without my wife, since we are both positive. I am now going to spend 10 days alone with her,” he said.

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