Ed Sheeran is set to release his new album “÷” (“Divide”) tomorrow, and it’s pretty apparent that a lot went into making the record. Ed tells the BBC that he was so specific on what he wanted the record to sound like, he recorded multiple versions of each track before finally picking the ones that would make it on the album.
"I had in my mind what sound should be on what song, and which subject matter would be on which song - so I'd write 10 songs for that (idea),” he explains. "So there's six or seven songs about Suffolk (where he grew up), but ‘Castle on the Hill’ was the best one. And then there was a bunch of wedding songs, I guess, and ‘Perfect’ was the best one."
And even though he put a lot of effort into making the album, he never once felt pressure to deliver a number one . "I felt that with the first album," he says. "I remember thinking I would never write a song as good as ‘A Team.’ And then ‘Thinking Out Loud’ came, and I was like, 'Oh, OK, well maybe it's not impossible.”
He adds, “So going into this album, there was no worry at all because I knew I'd done it before. It's not like ‘Thinking Out Loud’ will be the peak of my career. It's definitely happened on this album. There's definitely one that's better."