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Ed Sheeran reveals new album 'x' details, previews single 'Sing' on Twitter

by Carolyn Menyes   Apr 6, 2014 11:41 AM EDT

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Ed Sheeran is continuing his mathematical album naming pattern for his sophomore effort. On Friday (April 4), the "Lego House" singer announced new details about his follow-up to +, including an official title, release date and a sample of the album's forthcoming single "Sing."

Sheeran made the series of announcements on his official Twitter account and Instagram.

"The first single from my new album is called 'Sing," he wrote, before explaining the track's studio version will debut in full on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio show on Monday (April 7).

Soon after that initial announcement, more information on Sheeran's upcoming project began to pour in, such as an album title and release date.

"My 2nd album is called 'x' or 'multiply' and will released on the 23rd of June worldwide. Can't wait for you guys to hear it," Sheeran tweeted.

The title of x follows the naming pattern of Sheeran's debut album +, which was released in September 2011. X will be Sheeran's second full-length effort.

In addition to simple titles and release dates for his new music, Sheeran also gave a minute-long tease of "Sing" on his YouTube page.

Performed in short with nothing but an acoustic guitar, the preview of "Sing" gives hints as to what the official studio version will sound like. The preview begins with a bluesy, peppy guitar riff as Sheeran power-sings atop the start-and-stop rhythm. Soon, though, the track takes on a much more funky vibe, with a beat drop, Sheeran's voice going into falsetto and a chorus backing up a shout of "Sing!"

Watch the preview below:

"Sing" is the first single from Sheeran's upcoming album x, and will debut tomorrow (April 7).

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