Ed Sheeran releases two new tracks and teases one with a Snapchat lens

Grammy award-winning popstar Ed Sheeran released two new songs Friday after a year off.

The British singer-songwriter dropped two singles – "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" – on music streaming services Spotify, Apple Music as well as online stores iTunes and Google Play.

Prior to the release on Friday, Sheeran released a 30 second snippet of the track hidden in a Snapchat lens.

Sheeran has returned to social media after a year's absence, posting clips across Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Ed Sheeran performs in concert during the opening night of the North American leg of his 'Multiply World Tour' at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
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The two tracks are from his upcoming album called ÷ (Divide), continuing the mathematical theme of his previous albums + (Plus) and x (Multiply).

Sheeran had a big year in 2016 winning a number of awards including two Grammys for his hit song "Thinking Out Loud".

Fellow musicians and celebrities tweeted their pleasure at Sheeran's new tracks.

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