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Ed Sheeran closes out 2020 with first new music in over a year

Ed Sheeran thrilled fans on Monday (December 21, 2020) by releasing Afterglow – his first new music since 2019.

The singer-songwriter teased he’d be dropping a “Christmas present” for fans at 11 am GMT (6 am ET) and, true to his word, the star made his latest single available to stream and download.

Alongside a video clip of the star performing the track while strumming his guitar, Ed wrote on Instagram: “Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you.

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“It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too,” he added.

“Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x.”

Afterglow is Ed’s first release since he welcomed a daughter named Lyra with his wife, Cherry Seaborn, in late August (2020).

His last new music, No.6 Collaborations Project, dropped in July 2019. It featured a string of collaborations with artists including Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and British rapper Stormzy.

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