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Karen Mizoguchi
January 06, 2017 12:13 AM

Ed Sheeran is back!

The singer, 25, released two singles –“Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” — on Friday at midnight. The songs mark his first new material in nearly two years after teasing the release of new music with a video on social media on Jan. 1.

“Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am,” Sheeran said in a statement. “I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”

“Shape Of You” was co-produced by Sheeran, and co-written by Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, the Snow Patrol musician and boyfriend of Courteney Cox.

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“Castle on the Hill,” which was written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco, pays homage to his English hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk.

His most recent album, the critically acclaimed x, was released in June 2014. His album before that was titled + and he’ll be sticking with the mathematical theme for this next release, ÷.

The two-time Grammy winner returned to Twitter recently to announce his return to music, which fans were eagerly anticipating since he began his year of self-imposed radio (and social media) silence in December 2015.

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