After taking a year off, Ed Sheeran released two new songs today; “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” This is the first new music from the Grammy-winning singer since 2015.
The superstar said of his return, "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.”
After hitting iTunes, the two songs quickly shot up the charts, “Castle on the Hill” taking the #1 spot and “Shape of You” sitting comfortably as runner-up.
Sheehan’s famous friends began to weigh in with their excitement. Ed’s BFF and former tour buddy Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram this morning, "OH MY GOD OKAY IT'S HAPPENING. EVERYBODY STAY CALM.”
“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tweeted, "NEW @edsheeran MUSIC! IT'S OUT! FINALLY! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍”
NEW @edsheeran MUSIC! IT'S OUT! FINALLY! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) January 6, 2017
From across the pond, Ed’s friend and One Direction member Niall Horan sent a pair of tweets this morning, writing, “He’s Back!” He later added, "Castle on the hill is my kind of song . . Reminds me of home.”
Castle on the hill is my kind of song . . Reminds me of home— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 6, 2017
During his time away, Sheeran was busy writing hits for other musicians. He penned “Cold Water” for Major Lazer. He also wrote Justin Bieber’s hit “Love Yourself,” which is up for “Song of the Year” at this year’s Grammys.