Ed Sheeran to release ‘=’ in October

Welcome back, Ed Sheeran.

On Thursday (Aug. 19), the British musician announced the upcoming release of his fourth studio album. Titled = (Equals), the record is due out Oct. 29 through Atlantic Records. Fans have already gotten a firsthand listen to the new album with the release of its first single “Bad Habits.”

Pre-orders for the record are now available here.

“‘=’ (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” explains the musician.

“My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, Sheeran has revealed the album’s tracklisting. The 14-song album will include songs about love “The Joker and the Queen,” “First Times,” “2step”), loss (“Visiting Hours”), resilience (“Can’t Stop the Rain”), and fatherhood (“Sandman,” “Leave Your Life”).

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Sheeran has also released the official performance video for the song “Visiting Hours.” The almost four-minute track finds Sheeran coming to terms with the loss of his mentor and friend, Michael Gudinski. The song was reportedly written shortly after his passing and features backing vocals from Gudinski’s close friends, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.

Watch the video for “Visiting Hours” above.

= is the follow-up to 2017’s ÷.

÷ TRACKLISTING

1. “Tides”

2. “Shivers”

3. “First Times”

4. “Bad Habits”

5. “Overpass Graffiti”

6. “The Joker and the Queen”

7. “Leave Your Life”

8. “Collide”

9. “2step”

10. “Stop the Rain”

11. “Love in Slow Motion”

12. “Visiting Hours”

13. “Sandman”

14. “Be Right Now”