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Ed Sheeran confirms Taylor Swift features on his new single dropping this Friday

It follows much fan speculation after Sheeran and Swift shared various Easter Eggs

By Charlotte Krol

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran pose in a composite image
Taylor Swift; Ed Sheeran. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Glenn Francis; Press)

Ed Sheeran has confirmed after weeks of speculation that Taylor Swift appears on a new version of his song ‘The Joker And The Queen’.

The single, which is released this Friday (February 11), will hear the two musicians join forces for the first time since last year’s ‘Run’, which was taken from Swift‘s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’.

Sheeran wrote on social media that the revamped version of his ‘=‘ track features his “good friend” and is out at the end of the week. Fans can pre-order/pre-save the single here.

It follows much fan speculation that Swift was set to collaborate with Sheeran on the song.

Earlier this month (February 1) Sheeran posted an Instagram photo of signed CDs for “something coming in a bit”. The artwork featured the joker on a playing card below the queen of hearts.

In December he told Capital FM that the reworked single would feature a US artist and that he was hoping for a January release. Swift sold decks of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ playing cards on her online store last year which, coupled with Sheeran’s Instagram snap, prompted fans to think that the pair were sharing Easter Eggs and that she was the collaborator in question.

Ed Sheeran performs with Bring Me The Horizon
Ed Sheeran performs with Bring Me The Horizon (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, last night (February 8) Sheeran and current Rolling Stone UK cover stars Bring Me The Horizon opened the BRIT Awards with an unlikely cover of Sheeran‘s ‘Bad Habits’.

The Sheffield band added a hard rock edge to Sheeran’s 2021 track, the first to be taken from ‘=’.

Delivering a new take on the chart-topping hit, both acts were backed by a selection of dancers – some of whom upped the ante by hanging from wires suspended from above the stage.

Sheeran delivered a faithful rendition of the track, while Sykes added his familiar screams to bring the pop track into Bring Me The Horizon‘s world.

See all the winners from the BRITs here.