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Sheeran in race for Christmas No1 hit



Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has surprised fans with a "Christmas present" new single as he takes a break from the music industry following the birth of his first child.

The singer said he wrote the track Afterglow last year before welcoming daughter Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran in August.

He is now in the running for the Christmas number one spot, taking on social media star LadBaby, Jess Glynne and Mariah Carey.

"Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you," he wrote on Instagram.

"Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year's. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x."

Sheeran (29) teased the release on Sunday when he wrote: "11am GMT tomorrow. A Christmas present."

He announced he was taking a break in September to spend time with his wife, Cherry Seaborn (28), and their new arrival.

"We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here," he said.


"We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time.

"Lots of love and I'll see you when it's time to come back, Ed x."

Sheeran faces some stiff competition if he has his sights set on the top spot.

LadBaby is currently tipped for the UK's official festive number favourite with Don't Stop Me Eatin', according to The Official Charts Company.

The number one song will be revealed on BBC Radio One on Christmas Day.