Ed Sheeran Announces New Album “X” & Preview Single “Sing”

edsheeran-billboard-040514Ed Sheeran covers the new issue of Billboard magazine and he’s spilling details on his long-awaited sophomore album.

The album will be released June 23 and is titled X (or “Multiply”)…get it? His first album was +. We kind of love this math theme. The first single from the album will be called “Sing” and you can get a sneak peek of it below. The song will premiere on UK radio on Monday.

Check out a couple highlights from Ed’s Billboard cover story.

HE KNEW HE’D SELL OUT HIS GARDEN PARTY. Ed sold out three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, a huge accomplishment for a solo singer-songwriter. How many people knew that selling out those shows – almost instantly – was a given? “I’ve got to be honest: I did,” he says. “But no one else did. That’s why I made them hold three [dates]… I know my fan base and I can tell when something is going well. And record sales didn’t mirror ticket sales.”

BUT HE’S ALREADY SET HIS SIGHTS HIGHER. Ed says that once a large majority of fans have seen his spare, guy-with-a-guitar acoustic show, he’ll “move on” to a bigger live sound. “I want to headline a stadium,” solo, he announces. (More on that on Monday!)

THE ‘WORST-DRESSED MALE OF 2012’ HAS CLEANED UP. “I’m coming around to dressing a bit better,” says Sheeran, who nearly wore a tuxedo-themed hoodie to this year’s Grammys. “I’ve just never really given a f- about what people are wearing, so I don’t know why people care about what I have on.”

HIS NEW ALBUM WILL HAVE HIS MOST CONFESSIONAL SONG TO DATE. Ed says he “could have gotten nastier” in the new song, a “100 percent true” story about an ex love. “If you date a songwriter, be prepared to have songs written about you.” (MUCH more on this in the full cover story!)

HE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR ABOUT BEING A REDHEAD. “What is the one thing a ginger misses about partying?” Pause. “The invitation.” There’s a point to his self-deprecation, he says. “Gingers got properly sectioned [picked on] in schools. It’s that racism is totally unacceptable in England, but you’ve got to take the piss out of someone. It’s all right. We will take over the world.”