Thanks to an extensive world tour, as well as supporting Taylor Swift on the US leg of her own Red world tour, 2013 was a busy year for Ed Sheeran However, new music was thin on the ground, and fans have been eagerly anticipating the follow up to 2011’s bestselling ‘+’. The first in a line of planned announcements earlier this month saw tickets for Ed Sheeran’s October tour go on sale and now the rumour mill is in full swing with details of potential release dates for the album, which could be closer than we thought.
Despite a seemingly lack of new material, November last year saw the release of ‘I See Fire’, the leading soundtrack song from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which provides a beautiful haunting end to the second part of the trilogy. The song has received much praise and could be considered a masterpiece considering it was written and pretty much recorded in a day, begun as soon as Sheeran had seen the film. Peter Jackson handpicked Sheeran to write the track, and was even present during the recording process. If ‘I See Fire’ shows what Sheeran can do in a day, fans can only dream about what the result of over two years of recording will be.
Hopefully for fans, dreams will soon become a reality with the release date for the album set to be the 17th of February (according to an interview with noise11.com). At present, there is no clue as to the title of the album or even which tracks are going to be featured but he has said that the album “doesn’t start with a letter”, as was the case with his first album. It’s been said that Sheeran has recorded over 40 potential tracks for the album, and we hope that some of them will be collaborations, following successful team-ups with Taylor Swift, Devlin, and Wretch 32.
Fans haven’t been left completely in the dark about potential music. At his gigs in New York’s Madison Square Garden back in November, he premiered two new tracks, the aptly named ‘New York’ and ‘Tenerife Sea’, which have been spread far and wide via YouTube. If these tracks are anything to go buy, Sheeran won’t be straying too far from his current musical style and lyrics, which is by no means a bad thing. His music has proved popular not just here in the UK but over in the US, too, becoming the latest export to make big waves in the US’s tough music market.
For now, fans will have to be content with the news that Sheeran will once again be touring the UK, with a string of dates already in place for venues including London’s O2 Arena, Belfast, Leeds and others and it’s already tipped to be a fantastic show. Ed Sheeran tickets are currently on sale. For more details of tickets for Ed Sheeran’s UK tour, visit http://www.stubhub.co.uk/ed-sheeran-tickets/