Ever since the release of X in 2014, Ed Sheeran fans have been patiently waiting for the release of brand new music while the singer-songwriter star completed an album tour and a festival circuit. Now, over two years later, their wish has finally been granted with the release of singles “Castle on the Hill,” which is number six on the Billboard Hot 100 list, and ‘Shape of You,’ which is number one. However, what these fans might not know is that these songs and the subsequent album ‘Divide’ – set to be released on March 3rd – were actually supposed to drop a lot earlier.
In an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Beats 1 radio, Sheeran revealed the reason behind the long wait for album ‘Divide.’ In allegedly one of the only long interviews he is planning to do regarding the album, he revealed that he actually planned to drop the album the week of the United States presidential election in November. Out of fear that it would be overlooked for more pertinent news, he decided the postpone it at least for a few weeks. Then, in what Lowe called “an exorcism,” the last few months of 2016 were flooded with new music from big artists like Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and J. Cole. For this reason, Sheeran decided to release ‘Divide’ in 2017, since he could get a “clean start.” According to the interview, he is very confident this year in terms of awards and told Lowe, “This year is mine!”
The full interview is available on billboard.com