Much like Breezy's endlessly-delayed upcoming sixth, Sheeran's sophomore LP is called x. Note: It's a lowercase x as opposed to Brown's uppercase, and it's pronounced "multiply." But online and in print, this is totally taking Breezy's thunder.
x drops June 23, over a month after Brown's X is unleashed on May 5.
You can listen to the first taste of Sheeran's latest, "Sing," below. With its acoustic riffin'-meets-hip hop rhythms and falsettos, this track is strongly reminiscent of Justin Timberlake's first solo album—which is hardly a bad thing. Not coincidentally, that album was co-produced by Pharrell, who is also behind Ed's latest.
We do, however, have to take umbrage with the pronunciation of Sheeran's new album. Since it is "x" as in "3 x 5 = 15" then it should be pronounced "times." After all, his first album, +, was pronounced "plus."
Regardless, we'll see whose X album the world prefers this summer.