Ed Sheeran announces surprise new album No. 6

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Image caption Ed Sheeran's last album Divide sold 15.8m copies

Ed Sheeran has surprised fans by announcing a new album of collaborations due for release in July.

The singer revealed the news to his 29m followers in a post on Instagram.

No.6 Collaborations Project is the follow up to Sheeran's last album Divide, which has sold more than 15.8m units worldwide.

I Don't Care, the first single from the new album, which features Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, is currently topping the UK charts.

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Image caption Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran previously collaborated on the single Love Yourself

Sheeran, from Suffolk, released an EP of collaborations, called No. 5 Collaborations Project, before signing for a major record label in 2010.

In a post on Instagram Sheeran said he had always wanted to repeat the collaborations project he had made in 2011, before he was signed.

He said: "I am huge fan of all the artists I have collaborated and it's been a lot of fun to make."

Sheeran is yet to reveal most of the collaborators on the album but other names include Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.A

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Image caption Ed Sheeran announced the new collaborations album on Instagram

He is preparing for a series of "homecoming" gigs at Ipswich's Chantry Park and Roundhay Park in Leeds in August.

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