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11 June 2021

Ed Sheeran Announces ‘Bad Habits’: First Solo Single In Nearly Four Years

Ed Sheeran Bad Habits New Solo Single
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Ed Sheeran has announced the release of Bad Habits, his first solo single in almost four years. The singer-songwriter took to social media yesterday to share news of his first solo record since Happier in 2018.

“The moment you realise your first solo single in 4 years is coming out in a few weeks,” Sheeran wrote on Instagram, alongside a photograph of himself grimacing in a navy blue T-shirt.

Sheeran teased the upcoming release of Bad Habits last month, calling it “really different” during an interview with BBC Radio 1.

Speaking to presenter Jordan North ahead of his Big Weekend show, Sheeran said: “My first single was meant to be ready for now, and I was meant to be playing it at One Big Weekend.”

Giving some hints at what his next era might be like, he said: “I’m using a band for the first time and it feels like the next stage/ I’ve done band stuff before but only at the request of TV shows.”

He added that he’s “done the loop pedal thing for 15 years” and wanted to try something different. “What I felt were the weakest bits of the tour were some of the songs that needed a band,” he said.

Sheeran’s last solo album was 2017’s Divide, which spawned the hits Shape Of You and Galway Girl. It also included the aforementioned Happier.

The star’s last project was 2019’s star-studded No.6 Collaborations Project album, which saw him team up with the likes of Justin Bieber, Eminem, Camila Cabello, Cardi B and more.

It also featured Stormzy on the track Take Me Back to London, which reached Number One on the UK Singles Chart.

In December, Sheeran shared new song Afterglow, which he clarified at the time wasn’t a single but instead “just a song I love”.

Last week, the singer also confirmed that he will be performing at TikTok‘s UEFA Euro livestream 2020 event. The gig, which will only be available to stream via Sheeran’s TikTok channel, will be filmed at Ipswich Town football club on 25 June.

The concert will be streamed from Ipswich at 9pm BST and will be free-to-view on TikTok. It will also be shown again on 26 June and 9 July for global audiences.

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