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Ed Sheeran sat down on Hot Ones Thursday to talk about his forthcoming album and his strategy behind promoting it after his pandemic-prompted break from music.


Sheeran released "Bad Habits" on June 25 as the first single of his new and upcoming LP. The fun, upbeat song debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It is Sheeran's first solo song in four years to be released since his single "Happier" on the 2017 album Divide.

"Every time I've released a first single, the way that it works best is to do something, like ground that I've never covered before. Because I feel like as a fan of musicians, anytime anyone's not reinvented themselves but come out with something that you're like, 'Oh my God, I didn't expect him to do that.' I think that's usually the way I pick the first single," he told host Sean Evans.

Before his release of "Bad Habits," Sheeran's previous two singles "Sing" and "Shape of You" were also chart-toppers. "Sing" from his sophomore album "x" earned the musician his first U.K. No. 1 single and peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100. "Shape of You," from Sheeran's third album and not only topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks but also became the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2017 and won a Grammy Award for best pop solo performance.

Watch the English singer-songwriter take on the spicy wings as he talks music, memories, and more!

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