We’ve had “Shape of You” on repeat for so long that we’re — dare I say it — ALMOST getting sick of it. Ed Sheeran’s new album ÷ is his third studio album, and his third album named after a mathematical operation, following x and +. I bet we can guess what’s coming next.
If you haven’t taken the time to sit down and listen to “Divide” in its entirety, just go ahead and treat yourself. Not only will you be entertained by a sexy voice, but Sheeran is a lyricist through and through; every song is unique and catchy. Oh, Ed, is there anything you can’t do?
Sometimes you just need to hear some new melodies, though. Here are 11 artists to check out once you’ve played through ÷ enough to memorize it.
1. James Bay
This folk rock and bluesy singer, songwriter and guitarist will serenade you with his peaceful voice and acoustic rifts. You’ve probably heard his radio songs, but dive deeper!
Hauntingly beautiful, Birdy encompasses the soul of Ed Sheeran’s slower, more intimate works. She started writing songs at the tender age of 7, and by 14 years old, she had signed a contract. Birdy has written original songs for The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars.
3. The Script
A self-described Celtic soul band, this Irish pop trio formed in 2001. Each of their 4 albums topped the charts in Ireland, so if you haven’t heard any songs other than “For the First Time” or “Breakeven,” give this lyric-heavy band a try.
A dramatic English singer-songwriter who creates intimate indie folk. Everyone knows “Let Her Go,” but his newest album Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea has a song called “Anywhere” that you’re sure to love.
5. James Arthur
Another music hunk — guh. Every time we hear James Arthur sing, we melt a little inside.
6. Olly Murs
Hailing from London, Olly began his success from the 2009 season of The X Factor. Memorable melodies, an English accent, and an acoustic EP — this guy is right up our alley. Check out the song “Grow Up” if you want to hear something fresh.
7. Jason Mraz
The original wordplay master. (Literally. Remember “Wordplay”?) Jason Mraz is a talented songwriter and avocado grower in California. He hasn’t produced an album in a few years, but you can count on his songs to be poetic, romantic and real.
8. Jessie J
This feisty Brit started her career writing songs for artists like for Rihanna and Miley Cyrus (Party in the USA!), but now she’s singing her own catchy-ass songs that get stuck in your head for days at a time.
9. Sam Smith
London-born Sam Smith has a distinct and moving style. His passionate vocals will make you feel feelings and his raw, honest lyrics will speak to your heart.
Bonus: Ed Sheeran’s old stuff
Ed has a solid collection of songs under his belt. If you loved Divide and haven’t listened through his older albums, what are you waiting for?