It's official: 2017 is definitely going to be a great year and we have Ed Sheeran to thank for it. On Sunday morning, Sheeran announced he will release new music on Friday, Jan. 6. The announcement was made through his Facebook page and then, shortly thereafter, popped up on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. This marks Sheeran's second post in more than a year since he announced he was taking a hiatus from social media to focus on actually living his life and making new music.
Sheeran's announcement could not be a better way to kick off a new year. It's been a long, long, long (I'm not kidding) time since Sheeran has graced us with a new jam; his last album, X, was released in 2014. I know, guys. The pain is very real, but luckily, we don't have to worry anymore. Sheeran is looking out for each and every one of us.
Interestingly, the video was a mere ten seconds long and totally silent. In the video, Sheeran is perched on a couch, his hair a little shorter and looking very cozy in a sweater. He simply looks at the camera for a moment before holding up a sign which reads, "New music coming Friday!" before breaking the awkward tension by putting the sign in his mouth. Classic.
This music announcement is almost as cryptic as the post which officially broke his hiatus. Posted to his Twitter mid-December 2016, it was simply a picture of a blue square. What did it mean? Was it the album cover?
The mystery of the blue square goes hand-in-hand with the mystery of what his new music will sound like. Is he going in a totally different direction, like EDM? Or will he return to familiar territory with his acoustic pop ballads? Oh, the excitement is very real, my friends. We have the first great event of 2017 in our midst.
WOW OKAY SO I WAKE UP TO FIND ED SHEERAN IS RELEASING NEW MUSIC FRIDAY, 2017 ALREADY BLESSING SOULS— william (@williamsheats) January 1, 2017
The announcement of new music from Sheeran marks his big foray back into the mainstream. We've missed him, especially since he's largely taken a step back from the spotlight. His biggest appearance in 2016 was as himself in Bridget Jones' Baby and even that wasn't enough to satisfy our need for more of the British singer. Plus, there's only so many times you can listen to "Sing" and "Thinking Out Loud" before you ache for something new from Sheeran.
ed sheeran already saved 2017 with a 9 seconds video, what a legend— bea (@casemgc) January 1, 2017
I can't tell you how 2017 will turn out, but I know one this is for certain: Ed Sheeran is a true hero and Friday, Jan. 6 is going to be the best day ever.