ED SHEERAN ÷ 2LP 2017

Atlantic

$42.99 
SKU: ATL559626.1

Worldwide superstar Ed Sheeran has confirmed details of his hugely anticipated new album ÷ (pronounced “divide”), set for release on 3rd March 2017 through Asylum/Atlantic Records.
Ed’s third studio album – is on course to become one of the most significant global album releases of 2017 and sees the 25-year-old Suffolk native in his finest form yet. The genre-defying LP is the result of an artist who consistently pushes himself in new directions, uncovering fresh musical ground using a seemingly limitless musical vocabulary. Drawing inspiration from a host of personal experiences and subjects, Ed takes you through a hugely personal journey; be that reflecting on past relationships, family memories, his musical career or his time off travelling the world in 2016. Musically ÷ is an array of beautifully orchestrated and emotive ballads, impassioned raps laid over hip hop beats, timeless acoustic guitar masterpieces and innovative, idiosyncratic pop music. Ed’s record-breaking dual comeback singles perfectly highlight one of the distinct divides in his musical spectrum with Castle On The Hill (an ode to his hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk) positioning itself towards a stadium-ready, rockier sound and Shape Of You dismantling and rebuilding modern-pop using little more than a loop pedal. ÷ will reveal everything in-between whilst showcasing Ed’s impeccable guitar playing, peerless lyricism, boundless musical palate and jarringly-honest, and often autobiographical, storytelling – some of the reasons this much-loved talent has built an undeniably loyal following across the globe. Executively produced by Benny Blanco (Rihanna, The Weeknd) and Ed himself with further production coming from Johnny McDaid, Mike Elizondo and Steve Mac, the album was recorded between LA, London, Suffolk and RMS Queen Mary 2. Hugely representative of modern times, both sonically and topically, ÷ reaffirms Ed as one of the world’s most forward-thinking and versatile troubadours. Furthermore, Ed created the album artwork concept, even painting the cover himself! 

頂著一頭紅髮標記、掛著一個靦腆笑容、揹著一把空心吉他、倚著一副溫暖歌聲,紅髮艾德替人們找回聆聽音樂的純粹度與原始感動,筆下訴說出的酸甜苦辣箇中滋味故事,無需花俏綴飾、過多後製修飾,就能輕易引發共鳴並深深為之著迷!2017年甫進入英國首本貴族年鑑德倍禮(Debrett’s)的『英國最具影響力人物』名單之列的紅髮艾德,僅以“+"和“x"兩張專輯,不僅成功地連續榮登全英冠軍、在全美分別拿下Top5與冠軍排行,締造全英8首+全美3首Top10單曲,榮獲2座葛萊美+4座全英音樂獎等全球重要獎項肯定,更寫下無數傲人紀錄,包括:IFPI認證2014年全球最暢銷男歌手、2014與2015年全球Spotify點聽總冠軍藝人與專輯、全英金榜有史以來首位停留專輯排行Top10連續長達71週的藝人,全球突破2300萬張專輯總銷售量,至今更已累積94億串流點聽次數(其中光是Spotify就破47億點播次數)、官方YouTube頻道破40億點擊觀賞次數!陸續受邀為泰勒絲、羅比威廉斯、威肯、小賈斯汀、1世代等當紅藝人譜寫歌謠,並分別替【哈比人:荒谷惡龍】、【生命中的美好缺憾】等賣座電影量身打造主題曲「I See Fire」和「All Of The Stars」!短短5年間,立下許多豐功偉業的高門檻記錄,而這些成績還在不斷發酵累積中,寫下一頁頁的不朽新史,全球共同迎接這位新巨星的誕生!

2011年發行首張大碟”+”,代表對之前大批獨立作品的一個總結,全球逾900萬張銷售量,一口氣抱回全英音樂獎『最佳英國新人』、『最佳英國男藝人』兩大頭銜!2014年出版”x”, 全球開出1300萬張銷售紅盤,登記全球90國iTunes榜冠軍,徘徊英國金榜Top10一整年、Top100長達兩年之久!眾所期待的第三張專輯”÷”,動員邀約現年28歲卻早已製作出全球破千萬銷量作品、進入『創作名人殿堂』的Benny Blanco(魔力紅、凱蒂佩芮)+全英音樂獎得主Steve Mac(夏奇拉、詹姆仕布朗特)+與德瑞博士、阿姆合作走紅的跨界奇才Mike Elizondo+艾爾頓強的音樂廠牌Rocket Music旗下專屬寫歌/製作高手Will Hicks+Snow Patrol和Vega4樂團成員Johnny McDaid等多位名師協力掌舵。紅髮艾德花費一年時間潛心寫歌,再度自我突破地拉寬音樂視野!2017年1月6日一次問市「Castle On The Hill」+「Shape Of You」雙單曲,即刻造成狂熱迴響,不斷改寫歷史、創造全新紀錄,包括:同步稱霸全球多國排行榜冠軍+亞軍席次,打破英美兩地排行榜史,成為首位同時兩首單曲空降全英排行榜冠亞軍以及全美告示排熱門單曲榜Top10的藝人,其中空降英美雙榜冠軍的「Shape Of You」更成為告示牌史上第27首空降排行冠軍的單曲,且就像是打不倒的勇者,經過2週退出首位之後,於第4週又再度登頂成功!兩首單曲合併拿下128國iTunes榜冠軍,並以不到一個月的時間驚人地累積衝破全球5億6000萬串流點聽次數!

有兩首旗開得勝的精彩單曲當前導,接下來還有一連串不可思議的驚喜等著樂迷來體驗!揭起序幕的「Eraser」,直接秀出不輸阿姆的白人饒舌技藝,又能伴隨演唱的好歌喉,酷勁十足地在一開場即下一道猛藥;嘶聲力竭演繹「Dive」,沙啞高亢的音頻伴隨藍調吉他彈奏,對於誠心接納的真情摯愛大聲呼喚,令人無比動容;浪漫到底的「Perfect」,飄揚出的柔順弦樂如此醉心美麗,量身打造一支新世代的結婚進行曲;將傳統居爾特民族之音融入嘻哈流行區塊,飆出大膽又雀躍起舞之作「Galway Girl」;組織大型管弦樂團伴奏的「Happier」,情緒澎湃地撩起碎心戀曲,透露對剛分手女友的不捨與依戀;回歸民謠舒適度的「Hearts Don't Break Around Here」,Acoustic吉他頻率足以讓一顆對愛不變的心持續保溫取暖;簡單鋼琴輔佐的「Supermarket Flowers」,閉上眼睛細細品味的同時,不知不覺眼眶已經濕潤;紅髮艾德玩起Beatbox,一旁的薩克斯風和小號熱鬧陪襯,藉著「Barcelona」來趟充滿陽光的異國旅行吧!還有選用非洲打擊樂器的「Bibia Be Ye Ye」、居爾特之音再度環繞的「Nancy Mulligan」,一再令人詫異紅髮艾德大步跨出多元豐富的新節奏,感受他那暢快激昂與新鮮活力並行的繽紛灑脫,沉淪在他那熱切擁抱夢想理念與情愛詩篇的動人樂章中!

 

 Release Date: 3 Mar 2017

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