Ed Sheeran Releases Two New Singles

Ed Sheeran is back!

The singer, 25, released two singles –“Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” — on Friday at midnight. The songs mark his first new material in nearly two years after teasing the release of new music with a video on social media on Jan. 1.


“Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am,” Sheeran said in a statement. “I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”

“Shape Of You” was co-produced by Sheeran, and co-written by Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, the Snow Patrol musician and boyfriend of Courteney Cox.

“Castle on the Hill,” which was written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco, pays homage to his English hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk.

His most recent album, the critically acclaimed x, was released in June 2014. His album before that was titled + and he’ll be sticking with the mathematical theme for this next release, ÷.

The two-time Grammy winner returned to Twitter recently to announce his return to music, which fans were eagerly anticipating since he began his year of self-imposed radio (and social media) silence in December 2015.

Lyle Menéndez Talks Married Life in Prison Years After Infamous 1989 Murder of Parents

Lyle Menéndez has spent the last 26 years of his life in a California prison after he and his brother murdered their parents in 1989. But he has managed to achieve a sense of normalcy, even maintaining a 13-year marriage.

Menéndez married Rebecca Sneed in 2003 while serving out his life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. The now-48-year-old opened up about the unconventional relationship during a recent phone interview with ABC News as part of a two-hour special called Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers.

“One thing I’ve learned is that your physical comfort is much less important than your connection with the people around you,” Menéndez said. “I’ve found I can have a healthy marriage that is complicated and built around conversation and finding creative ways to communicate, sharing, without all the props that are normally there in marriage in terms of going out to dinner and having as much intimate time together and so on.”

Conjugal visits are prohibited for those sentenced to life without parole, ABC reports.

Menéndez and his brother Erik, who were 21 and 18 respectively at the time, shot their sleeping parents, Jose and Mary Menéndez, execution-style in the den of the family’s Spanish-style, Beverly Hills mansion on the night of Aug. 20, 1989.

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The murder case gripped the nation. Investigators initially believed the killings to be a mafia hit, but after Lyle confessed to his ex-girlfriend and Erik confessed to a psychologist, the brothers were arrested.

At the time, prosecutors said that the privileged brothers killed their parents in an attempt to obtain the family fortune. However, the defense argued that the brothers acted in self-defense after suffering years of sexual abuse from their father.

“My own father, he was a person of means and stature, and my mother was sort of a socialite-type person, a country club type person,” Menéndez said. “No one’s going to intervene in how they raise their family.”

The first trial in 1993 ended in a hung jury, but the second ended in first-degree murder convictions and two-term life sentences for the men — a fate Menéndez said he has come to terms with.

“My life is a struggle not be defined by what happened,” he said. “I’m at peace with my life growing up. I’m at peace with it, because I’ve just sort of accepted it’s okay not to understand.”

Serena Williams Showcases Her Engagement Ring in Reddit Post with Fiancé Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams is no stranger to the fashion game, but her style received a recent upvote when she took to Reddit on Thursday to show off her engagement ring.

The 35-year-old professional tennis player titled her post on Reddit as “Engagement shoe game,” and featured a photo of herself and fiancé Alexis Ohanian, 33, dressed to impress.

Williams and the Reddit co-founder looked completely in love as she struck a pose in a white top and black skirt, kicking up her leg and tilting her head back, while Ohanian smiled for the camera.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion revealed her engagement to Ohanian about a week ago on Reddit, after almost two years of dating. The tech guru later whisked her away on a surprise trip to Rome.

Williams debuted her engagement ring earlier this week, when she was spotted with Ohanian and her sister, Venus, in New Zealand.

The engagement comes as a surprise to many – Williams and Ohanian have kept their love private. However, they did show off their silly sides in an Instagram photo around Halloween.

“Bear necessities,” Williams captioned the shot of Ohanian in a bear costume with her flaunting her booty in pajamas that read “BEAR CHEEKS” on the bottom.