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Ed Sheeran preparing to “break the internet” with new album

By | Published on Wednesday 14 December 2016

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran signed off from public life a year ago. Since the summer he’s been making his slow return though, with a surprise appearance at Latitude, writing a song for Robbie Williams, buying a pig effigy of himself, and getting stabbed in the face by royalty. Now, it seems, he’s ready to make the final step back into being a working musician. By which I mean, he’s posted a big blue square on Instagram.

His last post on the social network was a note informing fans that he was “taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while”.

“I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last five years, but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes, so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and to see everything I missed”, he said last December. “The third album is on its way and is the best thing I’ve made so far. See you all next autumn and thank you for being amazing”.

Well, autumn has pretty much become winter, and he’s still not singing. The best we’ve got so far is this year’s ‘X-Factor’ winners single, ‘When Christmas Comes Around’, which he penned along with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ co-writer Amy Wadge.

For her part, Wadge has been chatting about her collaborator’s new material, telling BBC Newsbeat that Sheeran will “break the internet” when he returns (which, can we all agree, remains a daft thing to say – if anyone’s going to break the internet, it’s clearly going to be Vladimir Putin).

Wadge added that Sheeran’s album is “done” and will be out “really soon”. Well done Amy for puncturing the mystery and tension Ed is clearly trying to build with his new social media post. Personally I hoped that was just him announcing he’d joined Tidal’s list of celebrity shareholders.