Music Shopping List: Ed Sheeran Returns
Two big new releases arrive March 3, 2017: Ed Sheeran (‘÷’) and Khalid (‘American Teen’). Otherwise, it’s a relatively quiet start to March.
The first music release date in March 2017 gets off to a slow start in quantity. Luckily, the same can’t be said about who dropped new albums. One artist, Ed Sheeran, has quickly established himself to be a juggernaut. Hence, the release of his third studio album ÷ is a BIG deal. The other artist, Khalid, is an up-and-comer, and still a teenager! Nonetheless, his debut album American Teen has had a savvy promo campaign for an R&B effort.
1. Ed Sheeran, ÷
After nearly a three-year hiatus, Ed Sheeran returns with his third studio album, ÷. As of yet, the British pop singer/songwriter is off to a fast start. Singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” both debuted in the top-10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Shape of You” debuted at no. 1 and has spent four nonconsecutive weeks at the top of the charts. “How Would You Feel (Paean)” is simply gorgeous, finding Sheeran in excellent voice.
Excitement over new R&B artists seems minimal these days. This isn’t the case with up-and-coming teen R&B artist Khalid. Khalid is off to a fast start, setting up his debut, American Teen for success. Breakthrough single “Location” is a top-15 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Additionally, the single is gaining traction on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking in the top 45 at the time of publication.
- Tracks: 15
- Singles: “American Teen,” “Location,” “Saved,” “Coaster,” “Let’s Go,” “Hopeless” & “Shot Down”
Also Released: Brighten, Brighten ; Emmure, Look at Yourself [SHARPTONE]; William McDowell, Sounds of Revival II: Deeper [Entertainment One]
Photo Credits: Atlantic, RCA