After his debut album '+' broke all sorts of records and vulnerable teenage hearts upon its release in 2001, Ed Sheeran hasn't strayed too far from the formula that brought him such success and has gifted his second album an equally monosyllabic title of 'x'.

The album will be released in the UK on June 23 (likely a couple of days before that here, that THAT Great Britain!). 'x' was produced by studio legend Rick Rubin who, according to NME, advised Sheeran to record the record acoustically and only add any further instrumentation to the tracks afterwards.

Sheeran made the album announcement as so many artists do nowadays, via social media. His debut album '+' sold well over a million copies in the UK alone and significantly more than that overall when you add in the figures from the various different music markets. 

The singer will debut full version of his new track 'Sing' on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio show this evening after 7.30pm, so you can expect it to be crawling all over the interwebs tomorrow. In the meantime, check out a sample o' the goods via the teaser video above.

Oh and as is vogue these days, Pharrell Williams makes an appearance on the album. Of course he does.