Ed Sheeran announced on June 10 that he will be releasing his first solo single in four years called “Bad Habits” on June 25.
“The moment you realise your first solo single in 4 years is coming out in a few weeks,” the Grammy-winning singer wrote on Instagram, alongside a goofy photo of him looking nervous.
On June 11, Sheeran, 30, posted a clip of him looking into the mirror, donning a glittery, vampire-inspired make-up look. He shared that fans can now pre-order or pre-save “Bad Habit” before its release.
“I’ve been working away in the studio over recent months and I can’t wait for you to hear ‘Bad Habits,'” Sheeran said in a statement.
“I always aim to push myself and my music in new directions and hopefully you’ll hear that on the new single. Feels great to be back!”
According to a Billboard article, the Shape of You singer said he would be performing his latest single live on June 25 at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road football stadium in Suffolk, England for TikTok’s UEFA Euro 2020‘s event.
Sheeran released surprise pop ballad “Afterglow” on December 2020, but said that it wasn’t his first single from his next album. The songwriter announced in August 2019 that he would be taking an 18-month music hiatus.
Sheeran’s last project was collaborative studio album No. 6 Collaboration Project in 2019, which housed songs like “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber and “Beautiful People” with Khalid, as well as other collabs with Chance The Rapper, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Eminem, and Cardi B.
His last and third solo album was March 2017’s Divide, which included hit singles like “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” “Dive,” and “Castle on the Hill.”