BATD ON Apr 07, 2014 AT 2:41 pm

by Valirie Morgan

Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran.

It’s music to our ears: Ed Sheeran has just announced that he’ll be releasing his second studio album, “x” (spoken as “multiply”), on 23rd June worldwide. But if you absolutely cannot wait that long for new material from the multi-talented redhead, don’t worry — he also announced that the first single off the album is called “Sing,” and it will make its worldwide radio debut tonight at 7:30pm on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show! Check out this teaser sample that Ed posted of the song late last night:

As if that isn’t enough to sing about, Sheeran tweeted that he’ll be doing a live chat with fans tonight at 9:00pm. You can send your questions for the singing/songwriting super talent using the hashtag #EdSing on Twitter.

The new album seems to be a continuation, at least title-wise, of his multiplatinum debut album “+” (we’re beginning to sense a bit of a math theme here, perhaps?) and since then, he’s been catapulted into global success and superstardom. Apparently Sheeran has stepped up the intensity of his songwriting on the new album, telling Billboard magazine that he “could have gotten nastier” in a “100 percent true” musical account of a former love. He warned, “If you date a songwriter, be prepared to have songs written about you.” As threatening as that may be, we’re still prepared to take the risk — how could you not fall in love with Sheeran after listening to him croon songs like “Kiss Me” or “Lego House”?

Sheeran spent much of last year touring North America with Taylor Swift on her RED Tour (and despite countless dating rumours, he’s confirmed they are just friends!), and now he’s gearing up to go back out on the road for his own upcoming tour. He’ll play four shows in London at O2 Arena on 12-15 October.

Taylor Swift performing with Ed Sheeran.

Taylor Swift performing with Ed Sheeran.

Perhaps the most incredible piece of recent news about Ed is that he serenaded a dying fan over the phone as she took her final breaths. Terminally ill 14-year-old Triona Priestley was in the final stages of cystic fibrosis and told friends and family that her dying wish was for Ed Sheeran to sing to her. Her loved ones launched a Twitter campaign to make her wish come true, using the hashtag #SongForTri. Their tweets got the attention of Ed’s manager, who contacted Triona’s friend Lucy Hanlon to arrange the call.

“Ed rang Triona and personally sang ‘Little Bird’ to her as she took her last breaths,” Hanlon wrote on Facebook. “Triona left us listening to her idol surrounded by all the people who loved her.”

When it comes to Sheeran’s music, there’s no shortage of emotion. That has carried over into his offstage life now, too, as evidenced by stories like that. We can’t wait to find out what he’s included on “x” when it releases on 23rd June, and we hope he keeps up with his creatively quirky music videos (check out Rupert Grint in Lego House or some cute cats in Drunk). It’ll definitely be a big year for Sheeran, no matter what!

Ed's just as excited as we are about his new album!

Ed’s just as excited as we are!





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