The only new title to enter the top 10 in the U.K. this week comes from a very familiar face: Ed Sheeran. The singer-songwriter debuts the second taste of his new album, “Cross Me,” at No. 9, meaning his upcoming fourth full-length has already secured a pair of top 10s. For Sheeran, this new tune marks his twenty-third inside the uppermost region, and his second this month. Featured artist Chance the Rapper has now collected four U.K. top 10s, while fellow featured act PnB Rock enters the region for the first time in his career.
“I Don’t Care” will appear on Sheeran’s upcoming album No. 6 Collaborations Project, which is out July 12th. The album will also include Sheeran’s latest single “Cross Me,”which features Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock. While Sheeran has released the tracklisiting for the album, he has yet to reveal the other collaborations that will appear on the collection.
“Cross Me” is his latest single, following his Justin Bieber collaboration “I Don’t Care.” Both songs will be featured on Sheeran’s upcoming 15-track No. 6 Collaboration Project, due out on July 12.
The duo previously joined forces on hit ballad “Love Yourself” off Bieber’s 2015 Purpose LP. Fresh off breaking Spotify’s single-day streaming record, Sheeran and Bieber are already teasing their latest single’s forthcoming music video with a trailer featuring Sheeran wearing a panda bear suit.
For anyone who is not furry-avoidant, and who has a funny bone for this sort of thing, picking a favorite moment from the new music video by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber single may be difficult — especially since so many of the gags in “I Don’t Care” fly by in nearly subliminal edits. Is that really a wedding scene of Sheeran in a bridal gown, marrying a cardboard standup of Bieber? Yes, it is. Who or what is in that split-second shot of the running of the bulls? You have to freeze-frame it to be certain that it’s Bieber, participating in the stampede dressed up as an ice cream cone.
Sheeran then recorded the song “I Don’t Care” with Bieber and thus was born the idea for Sheeran’s upcoming EP “No. 6 Collaborations Project.”
We used Billboard’s statistics to determine each song of the summer since 2000 – and threw in Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s new duet as a top candidate for 2019. We then pitted all 20 against each other to find out which summer songs of the millennium were true classics and which mere seasonal flings.
Finding yourself liking one Sheeran song is one thing but if it’s two then perhaps you just have to come to terms with the fact that he’s … good now? First came I Don’t Care with Justin Bieber and now there’s this catchy little collab. It’s kind of “Jamie xx but make it Radio 2” but, honestly, it works.
1. The timing of the release of “I Don’t Care” seems to be designed to maximize the song’s chances at earning song of the summer honors. What kind of chances do you think it has to be a real contender there?
5. Not counting “I Don’t Care,” what’s your favorite song about not fitting in or not wanting to be at a club or party?
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