Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album = (equal) has dropped.
The highly anticipated record arrives almost four years after Divide’s release and features the already hugely successful catchy singles Bad Habits and Shivers.
Speaking to Zane Lowe during Apple Music’s exclusive first listen: The Ed Sheeran livestream ahead of release, Sheeran explained the special place one of the songs has.
The track called Visiting Hours chronicles the passing of his close friend, Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski, who died in March of this year.
âSo when I write the songs, they’re very personal to me, but when I put them out, they belong to everyone and so they’re not mine anymore,â Sheeran said.
âI’ve been asked if I get emotional playing visiting hours in shows now, and I don’t. Honestly, I don’t, because this song is so important to so many other people now, so I don’t feel like this song is mine.
âI have lots of other unreleased songs that are my songs to keep, but all these songs that are over there [belong to everyone]. “
Sheeran told The Sun that Sir Elton John was very supportive during this time.
“But when Michael died he called me the next day and I collapsed and cried. And since that day – I spoke to him this morning, yesterday – not a word of lie, every day he to me. Whether it’s a half-hour or two-minute chat, he’s always watching me, âSheeran said.
It comes as Sheeran, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, revealed his fears for his baby girl who also contracted the virus.
âI isolate myself with my daughter. I was alone with her, without my wife, because we are both positive. I will now spend 10 days alone with her, âhe said.