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Ed Sheeran is in a mood for celebrating. The British singer is set to drop his third studio album Divide on March 3, but first he’s taking the time to give back the fans who helped get him to this point.
In 2010, a then relatively unknown Sheeran performed his song “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” off his debut album Plus for the website SBTV. The video helped launch Sheeran’s career, which now includes Grammy awards and millions of fans worldwide.
7 years ! wow, so much has happened. i think we should drop a new video today of a new song…. https://t.co/1vMAVDEdnb
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) February 28, 2017
To celebrate SBTV’s 10-year anniversary and the upcoming release of Divide, Sheeran dropped a brand new video today featuring a live performance of his new song “Eraser.”
Playing solo in an empty warehouse, Sheeran returns to his roots, a fitting song choice the website that launched his song “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” The self-reflective track has a lot to unpack, which Sheeran filling all five minutes with a spitfire delivery of personal anecdotes, painful lessons, and professional regrets. Romantic relationships, fallen heroes and depression over leaving school to pursue music are all covered, along with a list of Sheeran’s professional accomplishments, including selling out Wembley Stadium.
“Eraser” is the fourth track Sheeran has released from Divide. In January, Sheeran released his two lead singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” following up with the track “How Would You Feel (Paean)” on February 17 to mark his 26th birthday.
Sheeran also celebrated his upcoming album release by hitting the Tonight Show studio to perform “Shape Of You” with host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for the viral series Classroom Instruments. It’s a fun cover, but unlike most Classroom Instrument segments, we’re not loving the combination of the plastic instruments with the song. Maybe “Castle On The Hill” would have been a better choice.
Watch Ed Sheeran perform along with Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes and more at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO.