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Ed Sheeran says he’s planning to make “10 symbol records”

The singer released new album ‘=’ last week, but said the next five records "won't be maths"

By Hollie Geraghty

Ed Sheeran looks up in a white t-shirt in a press shot
'Shape of You' is one of six Sheeran tracks in Spotify's 'Billions Club'. (Photo: Atlantic Records)

Ed Sheeran has said he is planning to make “10 symbol records”.

The British singer-songwriter, who last week released his new album ‘=’, also has previous records ‘+’, ‘x’, ‘÷’, and is planning an acoustic collection titled ‘-‘ next year.

Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, he said: “I’m going to make 10 symbol records, but the next five won’t be maths.”

He also shared that he plans follow up his 2019 ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’, which featured tracks with Stormzy, Cardi B, and Justin Bieber.

“Between the next one I’ll do ‘No. 7,’” he said.

Sheeran yesterday shared that he had finished his isolation period after testing positive for Covid-19. “If you see me out and about I’ve had the all clear and done my quarantine,” he wrote on Instagram. 

He added that he was excited to “hit the ground running” ahead of his performance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend (November 6).

Yesterday it was announced that Sheeran had claimed the top spot on the Heat Rich List of under 30s in the UK for the third year in a row.

He is now worth £236.5m, nearly three times the amount of second placed celebrity, Harry Styles, who came in at £80m.

The singer turned 30 in February, but the list is thought to cover the entire year.

Sheeran last week also previewed his upcoming Christmas song with Elton John.

Speaking with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2 to celebrate the release of the new album, he performed a snippet of the track and said “There’s loads of sleigh bells on it.”

“So kiss me under the mistletoe / Pour out the wine / Let’s toast and pray for December snow,” he sang. “I know there’s been pain this year but it’s time to let it go / Next year you’ll never know / But for now Merry Christmas.”

Next month the singer will also play a special one-off gig at St John at Hackney Church in London on December 13 in aid of the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation.

Sheeran launched the foundation in 2019 with the aim to “help young people under the age of 18, and living in Suffolk (UK), with small but useful grants to help with studying or playing music”.

Elsewhere, Sheeran admitted that he thinks his brief cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’ “pissed off a lot of people”.

Speaking to Absolute Radio Monday (November 1), Sheeran said: “I feel like I pissed off a lot of people by being in that, but anytime I meet someone that is like, ‘oh you cameoed on that show,’ I’m like, ‘What would you say?’”

He added that he is “definitely more careful” when offered cameos now.