Let the speculation begin.

Expect more Ed in the second half of 2017.  

Despite the backlash surrounding his cameo on the season premiere of Game of Thrones, Ed Sheeran remains entirely unfazed by his detractors and focused on the next phase of his career, which will include a number of collaborations.

In a new interview with KISS 102.3, Sheeran was questioned about his recent studio time, which was documented on his Instagram account, but the pop hitmaker said that his newest efforts in the lab weren’t for his own solo project but instead for other folks.

“I’ve got a few collaborations coming this year. . . .I have started the next album, but I’m not going to release it this year.”

It’s easy to speculate just who might be on that table of collaborations. There’s Justin Bieber, who appears to be spewing out new collab after new collab even though he’s not exactly in the mood to perform it. There’s Taylor Swift, who is heavily rumored to be dropping her 1989 follow up at the end of this year. There’s a smaller name like Jamie Lawson, who remains the first act signed to Ed’s record label, Gingerbread Man Records. Who knows?

Sheeran went on to explain that the follow-up to divide won’t take too many years to drop, but it’ll arrive sometime before 2020. As for whether he’ll continue his math-themed titles, he’s currently unsure. Still, there are two more installments left in that back pocket of his before he puts the mathematics to sleep.

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