Following the success of Bad Habits, Ed Sheeran has announced his new album ‘=’, alongside a new song, Visiting Hours. What is the meaning of the singer’s latest release?

Here’s everything that we know.

Ed Sheeran announces new ‘=’ album

Set to release October 29th, British singer Ed Sheeran has announced his latest solo album, ‘=’.

Previously, Sheeran has released ‘+’, ‘x’, and ‘divide’, so ‘=’ only seems fitting.

You can preorder Ed’s upcoming album here.

What is the meaning of Visiting Hours?

A new album announcement wasn’t the only thing that Sheeran released to fans – he also premiered a new song, Visiting Hours.

NME reports that the song, which is now released, is not the album’s new single but is a cut from the upcoming album.

Played on an acoustic guitar, Visiting Hours‘ lyrics are sentimental and tear-jerking, likened to that of Sheeran’s song Supermarket Flowers. So, what is the meaning of the latest track?

As per NME, accompanying press material reveals that Visiting Hours is about Sheeran grieving with the loss of friend and mentor, Michael Gudinski.

Gudinski sadly passed away in March of this year aged 68. The Mushroom Records owner reportedly died in his sleep at his Melbourne home.

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The artist spoke out about the album in an official statement: “= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

Fans react to Sheeran’s new song

Ed’s touching tribute to Michael Gudinski proved a success amongst fans, with many taking to social media to praise the artist.

One fan tweeted: “@edsheeran It sounds very beautiful, I think it was difficult for you to write this beauty “Visiting Hours”

Another wrote: “@edsheeran I didn’t think I would cry at any song like I did Supermarket Flowers until I just heard this song !! Totally beautiful and if only heaven did have visiting hours! #genius

Somebody else took to Twitter to write: “Such a masterpiece, had it on repeat most of the day, so glad you didn’t give up on music.”

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