The highly anticipated sixth studio album from international sensation Ed Sheeran, titled “-” (pronounced subtract), is now available everywhere.
Ed’s roots as a singer/songwriter are revisited on the album “-,” which was written against a backdrop of personal loss and hope. The album’s opening track, “Eyes Closed,” and the recently released “Boat,” serve as its introductions.
To commemorate the release of “-,” Ed debuted the visual album, which includes 14 official music videos, on his YouTube page.
In addition to airing on MTV Live, MTVU, MTV Biggest Pop, and the rest of MTV’s international network of channels, the official music video for the song “Curtains” made its world premiere on the Paramount billboards in Times Square in New York City.
As a result of pushing the boundaries of songcraft, Sheeran’s songwriting on “-” is the most profound of his career.
Ed began working on the album with Aaron Dessner (The National) in February of last year, with whom he collaborated on writing and production after meeting through a mutual friend, Taylor Swift. The album’s fourteen tracks are expertly produced and range from paired back, folk-leaning textures to bolder, full-band/orchestral arrangements. During a month-long studio residency in Kent, UK, the band wrote over 30 songs.
The second season of Apple Music Live will premiere on May 10th. During the intimate live performance, he will debut the complete performance of “-” with a 12-piece band led by Aaron Dessner. On May 10, at 1 p.m. PST, viewers around the world will be able to watch the performance on-demand on Apple Music and Apple TV+.
Ed has recently announced the “- TOUR,” which will include intimate performances in theaters and auditoriums across 14 North American cities.
These shows are part of his previously announced “+ – = x TOUR,” a massive stadium tour that kicks off on May 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (complete itinerary below).
“I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be. Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art. Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts. Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumor, with no route to treatment until after the birth.
My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiraling through fear, depression, and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air. As an artist, I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life. This album is purely that. It’s opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life. This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.”
‘-‘ (Subtract) Tracklist:
- Salt Water
- Eyes Closed
- Life Goes On
- End Of Youth
- No Strings
- The Hills of Aberfeldy
“+ – = ÷ x TOUR” NORTH AMERICA 2023 AND “ – “ TOUR DATES
- 6 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium + ×
- 13 Houston, TX NRG Stadium + ×
- 19 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall * (- TOUR)
- 20 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium + ×
- 26 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle * (- TOUR)
- 27 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium + ×
- 2 Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia * (- TOUR)
- 3 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field + ×
- 10 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium + ×
- 11 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium + ×
- 16 Toronto, ON HISTORY * (- TOUR)
- 17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre + ·
- 18 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre + ·
- 24 Landover, MD FedExField + ·
- 29 Boston, MA Boch Center Wang Theatre *
- 30 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium + ·
- 1 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium + ·
- 8 Pittsburgh, PA Acrisure Stadium + ·
- 14 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre # (- TOUR)
- 15 Detroit, MI Ford Field + ·
- 21 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium * (- TOUR)
- 22 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium + %
- 28 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre * (- TOUR)
- 29 Chicago, IL Soldier Field + %
- 5 Kansas City, MO GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium + %
- 11 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre * (- TOUR)
- 12 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium + %
- 18 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre * (- TOUR)
- 19 Denver, CO Empower Field at Mile High + %
- 25 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre # (- TOUR)
- 26 Seattle, WA Lumen Field + ≠
- 1 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre * (- TOUR)
- 2 Vancouver, BC BC Place + ≠
- 9 Las Vegas, NV Allegiant Stadium – ≠
- 15 Oakland, CA Fox Theater * (- TOUR)
- 16 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s® Stadium – ≠
- 22 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium *
- 23 Inglewood, CA SoFi Stadium – ≠
At a few of Ed Sheeran’s tour stops, Khalid, Russ, Dylan, Rosa Linn, Cat Burns, Maisie Peters, Ben Kweller, and other artists will perform.