BY BILLY SUTER
NEW albums by Ed Sheeran, James Blunt and Linkin Park are due soon, first up being Divide, a collection from Sheeran, whose two latest singles, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, are storming world charts.
Sheeran, who turns 26 today (February 17), has broken yet another streaming record – Shape Of You made Spotify history, breaking the record for one-day streams, accumulating 7 940 950, which knocks Adele’s Hello off of the top spot. Impressive.
Scheduled for a March 3 release through Asylum/Atlantic Records, his new album has a cover that features a division sign, following a similar theme on Sheeran’s two previous albums, Plus and Multiply.
The new album is on course to become one of the most significant global album releases of 2017, and sees the Suffolk native in his fine form.
“The genre-defying album is the result of an artist who consistently pushes himself in new directions, uncovering fresh musical ground using a seemingly limitless musical vocabulary,” says a record company spokesman.
“Drawing inspiration from a host of personal experiences and subjects, Ed takes you through a hugely personal journey; be that reflecting on past relationships, family memories, his musical career or his time off travelling the world in 2016.
“Musically, the album is an array of beautifully orchestrated and emotive ballads, impassioned raps laid over hip hop beats, timeless acoustic guitar masterpieces and innovative, idiosyncratic pop music.”
Sheeran has also contributed to material on the new James Blunt album, his fifth, titled The Afterlove and scheduled for a March 24 release.
It is the follow-up to Moon Landing, which reached platinum status in the UK and spent 33 weeks in the UK Top 40 after it was released in 2013.
Blunt is said to have worked with a wide range of talent when writing and recording The Afterlove, including Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Shannon Saunders), Johnny McDaid (Example, Biffy Clyro), Stephan Moccio (Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd) and MoZella (Miley Cyrus, One Direction).
Interestingly, Blunt has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and 12.8 million singles. He’s also amassed more than 625 million views on YouTube and over 680 millions global streams on streaming platforms.
And so on to the new material from Linkin Park. The album due on May 19, is titled One More Light and will feature the new single, Heavy (featuring Kiiara).
lyric video for the brand new single has also gone live on YouTube and can be viewed here https://youtu.be/lp00DMy3aVw.
As the biggest band on Facebook – with more than 62 million followers – the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum Los Angeles group will no doubt quickly rake up sales.
One More Light, which can be pre-ordered from linkinpark.com ,is their seventh studio album. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, is the best-selling debut of this century in their home country and certified diamond (10 million copies).
The band have won two Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, four MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and three World Music Awards.
Linkin Park have sold out stadiums around the world and headlined some of the UK’s biggest music festivals, including Download and Reading and Leeds.