New singles showcase two very different sides to his unparalleled musical palate
Multiple Grammy and BRIT Award-winning international mega-star, Ed Sheeran, has kicked-off music in 2017, unveiling two brand new singles: “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You,” out now on Asylum Records and available through iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
Sheeran’s two comeback singles: “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” mark a hugely exciting return and another forward-thinking move for the multi award-winning, modern-day troubadour. Unveiled in the early hours of this morning, the singles are Ed’s first releases since 2015 and showcase two very different sides to his unparalleled musical palate.
Written by Ed and Benny Blanco, the song “Castle on the Hill,” pays homage to growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk. Driving beats and Springsteen-esque riffs collide to create another stadium-ready anthem.
Watch the lyric video of “Castle on the Hill” below:
While the song, “Shape of You,” written by Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, dismantles and rebuilds modern-pop music using little more than a loop pedal.
Watch the lyric video of “Shape of You” below:
The record is an extension of the sound for which Ed’s become so well-known and has set him apart from his peers – something he first showcased in 2010 with his pivotal SBTV live performance of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, and executed on his debut EP No.5 Collaborations Project (staring an array of grime artists including Wretch 32, Wiley + more), following in 2011.
Speaking about his monumental comeback, the Suffolk native singer-songwriter remarked: “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.”
Despite being out of the spotlight for a year on a well-deserved break, Ed’s name was still associated with some of 2016’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; further proving his versatility and unique flair for penning global #1 records.
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