After selling out three nights at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2015, playing to 80,000 people each night in support of his second album, ×, Ed Sheeran knew he had to go “big” for his follow-up. “I wanted to move into a stadium zone,” the singer admitted. “I wanted to make songs that sounded big, but weren’t necessarily just euphoric stadium anthems.” Upsizing his winning style of effusive pop-rap and pensive acoustic-folk, Sheeran was ready to set the stage for a game-changing next move…
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“My benchmark for the second album was Coldplay. This album, it’s Springsteen.”
Perhaps mindful of how surprising it was that a lone singer-songwriter with a Boss loop pedal could fill London’s biggest venue, Sheeran made an effort to beef up his sound for ÷, surprising his fans with songs performed with all the gusto of an indie-folk band. Released in January 2017, ÷’s folky lead single, Castle On The Hill, was a rolling wave of nostalgia, musing on Sheeran’s childhood memories of watching the sunset over Framlingham Castle, in Suffolk.