It turns out that “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran’s recent duet with Justin Bieber, was the first song to arrive from an elaborate album of collaborations — which is called, naturally enough, “No.6 Collaborations Project” and arrives on July 12. A second song from it, “Cross Me” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, drops tonight at midnight ET.
Sheeran teased a tracklist with the collaborators’ names blacked out — it appears below.
“I Don’t Care,” the Bieber duet, reached No. 1 in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, and elsewhere, and No. 2 in the U.S.
In the album announcement, Sheeran said, “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called ‘No.5 Collaborations Project.’ Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make. ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ will be out everywhere on 12 July. It’s available to pre-order from midnight tonight local time and my song with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock will be out everywhere at the same time x.”
Sheeran’s last album, “÷,” came out in March 2017. He appears as himself in Danny Boyle’s forthcoming film about a world with no Beatles, “Yesterday.”