Ed Sheeran returns with new single ‘Afterglow’

It's the star's first release since his 'No.6 Collaborations Project'

Ed Sheeran has shared his first new music in nearly 18 months – listen to ‘The Afterglow’ below.

The star last shared new music with 2019’s star-studded ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ album, which saw him team up with the likes of Stormzy, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Cardi B and more.

After teasing the release of the song yesterday, Sheeran has now released the new track. “Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you,” he said in a statement.


“It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x.”

Watch a one-take video for the song and listen to it via Spotify below.


Meanwhile, Sheeran donated £10,000 to the hospital that cared for his late grandmother last month (November 21). The money went to the Aldeburgh Hospital League Of Friends to be put towards buying musical instruments for dementia patients and those with special needs and audiovisual disabilities, according to reports.


The donation followed him giving £170,000 to his former school earlier in 2020 to provide key equipment for students. The singer attended Thomas Mills School in Framlingham, Suffolk and is said to have donated the huge sum in a bid to help other pupils achieve success.

NME awarded Sheeran’s ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ three stars out of five on its release in July 2019. The review read: “In 10 or 20 years’ time, ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ could be the perfect time capsule of what pop was in 2019. It’s less an album, more a collection of savvy and generally savvy collaborations which blurs traditional genre boundaries unselfconsciously and acknowledges that Latin-pop is the sound of the near-future.”