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Ed Sheeran confirms new project with J Balvin

Sheeran has learnt Spanish for his upcoming collab with the Prince of Reggaeton

By Nick Reilly

Ed Sheeran and J Balvin perform together
Ed Sheeran and J Balvin (Picture: Twitter)

Ed Sheeran has revealed plans for a new musical project with the Reggaeton star J Balvin, after the pair crossed paths in New York.

Posting on social media, Sheeran also revealed that he has learnt Spanish to record a selection of songs, including the soon-to-be-released ‘Sigue’ and ‘Forever My Love’.

It comes after the singer initially teased details of a curveball project last week.

“So I want to share something with you that I’ve been working on. I met @jbalvin in a gym in New York last year,” he captioned a video of the pair working together.

“It was just me and him very early in the morning. I recognised his voice when he was on the phone so I just went up and said hi. We chatted so long we ended up having lunch and then afternoon tea. Then just went to being mates who chatted non stop.

“I was in New York at Christmas for shows so we decided to have one day in the studio that led to so so much more, which you’ll find out about soon. But the first two songs we wrote are Sigue and Forever My Love, they are out soon, and I absolutely love them. He wanted to bring me into his world, and I wanted to bring him into mine. Was a proper challenge learning Spanish for this and I had so much fun doing it.

“Hope you guys love it as much as I do, and look out for more to come. Love xx”

The black & white clip sees the pair deep in collaboration, with one frame teasing the lyric “I know we’ll suffer sometimes.”

While it is yet to be confirmed if the pair have recorded a full album together, it marks Sheeran’s first foray into the world of Reggaeton – which is one of Latin America’s most popular genres.

Colombian star J Balvin is considered to be of the genre’s biggest artists, having been dubbed the “Prince of Reggaeton.”

Details of Sheeran’s latest project comes hours after he was confirmed to play ITV’s ‘Concert for Ukraine’ next week.

Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Emeli Sandé, Gregory Porter and Snow Patrol will all play the two-hour fundraiser, which will be held at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham next Tuesday (March 29). The show was announced last week by ITV and STV, who will broadcast it live, along with the Heart and Capital radio stations.