Even COVID couldn’t stop Ed Sheeran dropping his new album, “=” (pronounced “equal”), on schedule Friday morning.
But the English singer-songwriter is He announced that he was infected with the Corona virus Last weekend – a solo album release party from Quarantine had to be held. However, he almost kept his promotional commitments on Thursday with Apple Music’s “First Listen” livestream event.
“I seldom cancel st, but it was very heavy at the beginning of the week, and I rested a lot, [taken] Lots of vitamin C, zinc, and D and these pills, and I feel so much better now,” Sheeran, 30, told Zane Lowe at the event, who He can still stream on Apple Music.
Sheeran received so many good wishes that he stopped looking at her. But one famous friend that he regularly checks out is Elton John.
“I think people think I’m exaggerating and lying when I say he calls every day,” Sheeran told Apple Music. “He calls me every morning. Even if it’s like 10 seconds, every morning he calls.”
Their relationship deepens after Sheeran’s close friend and mentor Michael Godinsky – which he called “the figure of the father” – He died in March. “When Michael died, he called me the next day to check my condition, and I wasn’t really well,” Sheeran said. “And then just from that point on, he would call me literally every day.”
Godinsky’s death inspired “Visiting Hours,” one of the most notable tracks of “=” (which, in case you haven’t been following the track, completes Sheeran’s eponymous streak of album titles after 2011’s +” and 2014’s “x”” ÷”).
“I wish heaven were visiting hours,” Sheeran sings over the beautifully designed poem that swells to biblical heaven.
Elsewhere, tracks like Overpass Graffiti have more of the ’80s pop-music vibe heard in the singles “Bad Habits” and “The Shivers.” Sheeran clearly has the album After Hours The Weeknd on repeat.
Then there are wedding song ready stories, like the acoustic guitar-beating “First Times,” which celebrates Sheeran’s marital bliss with Cherry Seaborn, wife of two years. “I can’t wait to win a million again,” he said aloud, in perpetual earnestness.
Meanwhile, “The Joker and the Queen” is a piano song that showcases Sheeran’s talent for nailing the perfect vanity: “And I know you can fall in love with a thousand kings / And hearts that will give you a diamond ring / When I fold, see my best / The Joker and the Queen” .
It’s an Elton-esque moment that undoubtedly makes Rocket Man proud.