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27 October 2021

Watch Ed Sheeran Play New Song, ‘Overpass Graffiti’ For NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series

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Ed Sheeran performed a new track called Overpass Graffiti during his debut appearance on US channel NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ series. You can watch the performance below.

The singer-songwriter played the upcoming ‘=’ song as well as previous singles Bad Habits, Visiting Hours and Shivers. Joined by a group of session musicians, he also offered up a choir-assisted cover of Make It Rain by Foy Vance.

“Hello Tiny Desk, I’m Ed Sheeran,” he said after the first track, adding that he’d “always wanted to” appear on the series. “This is a wonderful band that are playing with me today; Adam Blackstone put this together.”

Sheeran performed Overpass Graffiti at an intimate Coventry show in August, where he also treated fans to a live airing of the forthcoming First Times.

The singer is set to release his fourth album – the follow-up to 2017’s ‘÷’ – this coming Friday (October 29). He’ll head out on his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ (pronounced ‘The Mathematics Tour’) next April, with the stint including four nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp recently revealed that the musician already has another record lined up. “The material is there and it won’t be another four-year wait, I can promise you,” he said.

Camp continued: “Ed already knows what the next album is. He’s already got a track-listing for it, and I will get that changed over the next 12 months.”

Yesterday (October 25), Ed Sheeran previewed every song from = on YouTube Shorts.

“I had a really fun day shooting my YouTube Shorts,” explained Sheeran. “I’ve always really enjoyed the music video process, so it was fun to explore a new way of doing that by channelling each song’s theme in a unique way, while also giving you a sneak peek of the album!”

Lyor Cohen, global head of YouTube Music, added: “Ed Sheeran is a storyteller and I am so stoked he is using YouTube Shorts to give his fans an audio and visual preview of his incredibly powerful new album. This is going to be an unforgettable moment.”

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