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After a hiatus, Ed Sheeran reveals release date for new album

After a hiatus, Ed Sheeran reveals release date for new album

Ed Sheeran spent most of 2016 working behind the scenes, co-writing pop hits for Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”) and Major Lazer (“Cold Water”). Now the British singer-songwriter is back out front with a new album. 

The LP, called “÷” (pronounced “Divide,” in the style of his last album, “Multiply”), will be out March 3 on Atlantic. It’ll include his two recent singles — “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You.” Sheeran co-produced the album with pop maven Benny Blanco, with work from Mike Elizondo, Steve Mac and longtime collaborator Johnny McDaid.

In his review of those songs, Times critic Mikael Wood said Sheeran’s low-key 2016...

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