Ed Sheeran 's known as a serious, acoustic-based singer/songwriter, but he gets pretty funky on his new single "Sing," which he debuted Monday.
The song, produced by Pharrell Williams , sounds completely different than anything Ed's done before. Ed tells Rolling Stone that the song is about secretly drinking at a music industry party where no alcohol was being served. He tells Billboard that it was directly influenced by the sound of Justin Timberlake 's albums Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Pharrell provided the track and Ed wrote the song over it, marking the first time Ed had ever composed that way. Speaking to Billb o ard , Pharrell says of Ed, "He's one of the most impressive, underestimated singer-songwriters of our time. And now he's got a dance record...it's danceable. And he was able to still tell a really good story on top of it."
"Sing" is from Ed's new album x, which will be out in June.
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