Ed Sheeran announces details of second album, entitled x

British singer has worked with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and Jake Gosling on the follow up to his million selling debut

Ed Sheeran has announced details of x, his upcoming second album. The follow-up to Sheeran's multi-platinum debut will be released worldwide on 23 June.

"[It] is called 'x' or 'multiply'," Sheeran wrote on Twitter. "Can't wait for you guys to hear it."

x is a twist, almost literally, on the title on Sheeran's 2011 LP, +. The 23-year-old has claimed to have written "about 120" songs for his second release, recording them with Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and and producer Jake Gosling. To choose the best of these, he asked the advice of songwriting pal Taylor Swift. "She's heard all the songs and she's a good judge of what's good or not good," he told MTV News.

Swift's taste will be put to the test when Sheeran unveils x's lead single later today. The song Sing gets its debut at 7:30pm tonight, on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. Sheeran posted a taste of the tune onto YouTube on Saturday night: there, Sheeran's bare voice and guitar are joined by beats, shouts and pop vocals before fading quickly to black.

Sheeran's last album has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. As of 2012, it was the second-biggest-selling digital album of all time.

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