UPDATE // JANUARY 5:
By checking out the "Ed Sheeran" filter on SnapChat, fans were treated to a 30-second preview of his new song (which premieres tonight). Listen:
¡EN SNAPCHAT HAY UN FILTRO DE ED CON 30 SEGUNDOS DE CANCIÓN! (Para quienes no la han escuchado) pic.twitter.com/rYgvfKiEYE
— Ed Sheeran Colombia (@EdSheeranCO) January 5, 2017
UPDATE // JANUARY 4:
Fans believe these two snippets are cuts from Sheeran's upcoming new single out on Friday (Jan. 6):
UPDATE // JANUARY 4:
Correct. A club is the worst place to find love. A new lyric from Ed's upcoming single:
UPDATE // JANUARY 3:
Sheeran teased a lyric from his upcoming lead single:
When i was 6 years old i broke my leg
When I was six years old I broke my leg... pic.twitter.com/IDIoHf5h8b
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 3, 2017
Wait for it...
UPDATE // JANUARY 2:
Word on the street is Ed Sheeran's new album is titled ÷ (Divide).
In a 2015 interview with EW, Sheeran was asked whether – (subtract) and ÷ (divide) were potential album titles.
"They’re the two choices. But I don’t know what direction the album’s gonna go in yet," he said. "Every title has its own theme. Multiply was called multiply because it made everything that was on plus bigger. From the venues to the songs to the radio plays to the sales. I don’t know what the theme on the next album is yet because I haven’t made it."
Sheeran teased a clip today which shows a division sign, but we'll know for sure on Friday.
EARLIER // JANUARY 1:
Ed Sheeran's break from music is officially over.
After disappearing off the face of the Earth for most of 2016, only occasionally popping up for a Fourth of July party with Taylor Swift or to collect some Grammy awards, Ed Sheeran is hitting the ground running in 2017. After marking the one year anniversary of his social media blackout on December 13, Sheeran tonight posted a silent announcement of a new tune (or album, perhaps?) premiering THIS Friday:
Hello 2017... pic.twitter.com/1UyjpgoFbo
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 1, 2017
The success of Sheeran's previous album, x (pronounced Multiply), saw him release five highly successful singles including the Grammy winning Thinking Out Loud and the more funky, experimental tracks Don't and Sing. The album was the most streamed on Spotify in 2014 and sold nearly 2 million copies in the US.
Sheeran spent the past 365 days completely avoiding the limelight, though a few celeb friends of his let slip that he spent most of the year backpacking before putting the finishing touches on his new material toward the end of 2016.