After a year long hiatus, the flaming haired singer songwriter has returned to public eye. Ed Sheeran sent out a vague tweet this morning at 12:29 AM, keeping his promise of returning in a year by the minute, as he sent out his parting post exactly last year at the same time. The content of his message, a text-less light blue image (color #42b6e7 to be exact), leaves many questions, but seems to hint in the direction of a new release. If Ed has been taking notes from The 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Childish Gambino during his absence, a twitter/ social media transformation has become a way for artists to signify a new era in their music that is typically showcased through their newest album. Similarly, Sheeran’s ominous alteration to his Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook seems to follow in these footsteps.
From what little we know about Ed’s activities during this hiatus, there has been a small but sufficient amount of evidence to prove he has been working on new music. Most info about Ed’s adventures have come from various Snapchats, mostly from his producer Benny. Various Sheeran fan accounts have been documenting his worldwide adventures during the year, posting pictures of him white water rafting in New Zealand, visiting schools in Ghana, and even some adorable photos of Ed playing a wedding. From these few pictures we have from Ed’s vacation, we have seen Snapchats of Ed in what looks to be studio settings, and have heard rumors of Ed collaborating with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.
Yet the question remains, why so blue? While it may be the color scheme for album #3, or just for a single, we are eagerly awaiting what Ed Sheeran has cooked up during his break.