Ed Sheeran Announces New Studio Album, =

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Ed Sheeran’s new studio album will be called = (equals), and it’s dropping on October. 29 via Atlantic Records.

The singer and songwriter disclosed the details of his new studio album on Thursday (Aug. 19) and it features 14 tracks including his tribute to late Australian promoter and mentor Michael Gudinski, “Visiting Hours,” as well as the current hit single “Bad Habits.”

= is nothing short of a coming-of-age effort, one that reflects the life experiences of a fully-grown man, Ed Sheeran said in a written statement.

“ = (equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” he said. “My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

The album’s cover features Sheeran’s oft-used mathematical sign, but it is also surrounded by butterflies. According to the 30-year-old Grammy winner, it’s a reoccurring symbol that can be both seen and heard throughout the album. A day before it was announced, Sheeran posted an image of a chrysalis on Instagram; now, he’s ready to spread his wings and fly.

“Basically, the symbolism behind the album is new life,” Sheeran said on Instagram Live. “Over the last sort of four years, there’s different experiences in life including getting married, having a kid, losing a friend, and I just felt like the butterfly symbolism fit in with that.”

All songs on the album “have their place” the singer said, declaring he believes it is the best piece of work he has done.

Aside from his new album, the British singer is also set to appear on two tracks for Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of her album Red, in both a new version of his and Swift’s duet “Everything Has Changed” and an unreleased song, “Run.”

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