Staff WriterEd Sheeran has been careful on what to give away regarding his next studio album, and it's not been a lot.
Other than confirming a February 17th, 2014 release date, that it will feature 12 new tracks, and that it will be "happier", we really don't know much for sure, at least regarding collaborations, producers or possible track names.
Another excruciating doubt is what will the album's name be. He's always released material with interesting names, e.g. The Orange Room, Loose Change, No. 5 Collaborations Project and most notably his 2011 studio album, +.
As he said on interview with the Daily Star, "I can't call an album + and then give the one after a regular name."
He's also confirmed he won't be playing any new tunes till next year, since he wants to keep the energy of the album a surprise.
"Coldplay do that and big bands can ease in new songs to their set but my fans are so viral that the moment that I'd play a new song every one of them would hear it [...] They are on YouTube and Twitter and I think there should be some surprise. I don't want everyone knowing what the record is before they get it. I want them to listen to it first."
We still have a long wait until Ed's next album, but things are looking up for him, and he never disappoints, so the world will have to stay in tune for more info on the follow-up to +.
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