Powerhouse stars Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift unite for their all-new duet of ‘The Joker And The Queen’, available now across all DSP’s (listen here). Sharing a friendship that spans well over a decade, today marks Ed and Taylor’s fourth official collaboration to date, following on from ‘Everything Has Changed’ (2012), End Game’ (2017) and ‘Run’ Taylor’s Version (2021).

At the time of writing the original version of ‘The Joker and the Queen’ for his blockbuster album ‘=’, Ed earmarked Taylor as the perfect guest voice for the track and later reached out to invite her to record her vocals. Written by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Johnny McDaid, Fred Gibson and Sam Roman and produced by Ed Sheeran, FRED, Johnny McDaid and ROMANS, the track glimmers with hushed vocals, delicate piano notes and sweeping string arrangements, provided by Ed’s brother, Matthew.

The accompanying Emil Nava-directed official video brims with nostalgia as it brings together the cast from the iconic ‘Everything Has Changed’ video – Ed and Taylor’s previous collaboration, released in 2012.  Ten years on, the video captures the coming-of-age story of the now 18-year-olds, Ava and Jack, as they head to university and embark on new adventures.

Since the release of his album ‘=’ in October 2021, Sheeran has continued to dominate the charts across the world, especially in his home market where he scored four No.1’s in the 2021 alone: ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Shivers’, ‘Merry Christmas’ alongside Elton John and ‘Sausage Rolls for Everyone’. Most recently, Ed teamed-up with Fireboy DML for the viral hit ‘Peru’, and he also performed at the BRIT Awards on Tues night

Earlier this week, Sheeran took home ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the BRIT Awards, where he also performed ‘Bad Habits’ alongside Bring Me The Horizon (watch here) and ‘The Joker And The Queen’ (watch here).

About Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is an era-defining artist who has sold over 45 million albums and 150 million singles across the world. Through his fusion of thought-provoking songwriting, universal pop and multi-genre influence, his rich tapestry is not only perfectly suited to his audience but it’s something that transcends generations.

Since surfacing on the UK circuit in 2010 with his ‘No.5 Collaborations Project’ – an eight-track EP featuring his favourite grime artists of the time – the Suffolk-raised recording artist has resonated with fans across the world through his peerless songcraft and versatility. And now, with five consecutive UK No.1 albums to his name – ‘+’ (2011), ‘x’ (2014), ‘÷’ (2017) and ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ (2019) and ‘=’ (2021) – Sheeran continues to reaffirm his status as one of the most in-demand pop stars on the planet.

Prior to the release of his brand-new album ‘=’, which was released in October last year, Sheeran secured two UK No.1 singles in the UK with ‘Bad Habits’ [the UK’s biggest-selling No.1 of the year so far] and ‘Shivers’ – two tracks that sat atop the UK’s Official Singles Chart for a combined total of 15 weeks. Moreover, since its release, ‘=’ has sold over three million copies across the globe and has already seen Ed take home 2 x EMA’s for ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Best Song’; an American Music Awards for ‘Favourite Male Pop Artist’; British GQ’s ‘Solo Artist of the Year’; 4 x Los40 Awards and secure a nomination for ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2022 GRAMMY’s.

But it’s not just his recorded music that’s seen the former Glastonbury headliner become one of the sought-after artists of the 21st century either. Possessing a mystical ability to turn 90,000 capacity venues into the pub back-rooms that he first started playing in, Ed made history in 2015 after becoming the first-ever artist to play Wembley Stadium solo – without a band and with just his guitar and loop pedal – over three, consecutive sold out nights. Move forward to the summer of 2019 and Ed would re-enter history books after the completion of his mammoth two-year Divide tour, officially becoming the most-attended tour of all time after it culminated with special homecoming shows in Ipswich, Suffolk. Next year, Ed will set-off on the road again for his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ (pronounced ‘The Mathematics Tour’), that’ll see him return to Wembley Stadium for a five-night run.

Ed Sheeran – who was awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity in 2017 – is the proud recipient of 1 x IFPI Award (best-selling global artist of 2017); 4 x Grammys; 4 x Ivor Novello’s; 7 x BRIT Awards (including two consecutive wins for ‘Global Success’ in 2018 and 2019); 7 x Billboard Awards + more. Moreover, to this day, his blockbusting third studio album ‘÷’ remains the fastest-selling album, ever, by a male artist in the UK, while the LP’s lead single, ‘Shape of You’, maintains its status as the most-streamed song in Spotify’s history.

At the end of 2019, Sheeran was presented with the Official Chart Company’s first-ever ‘No.1 Artist of the Decade’ award following a host of accomplishments in his native UK including the most No.1’s across the UK’s Official Singles and Albums chart from the years 2010-2019. Most recently, Ed scored another feat with the OCC after becoming the first British Solo Artist to claim 52 weeks – an entire year – at No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart, with only Elvis Presley and The Beatles achieving more overall weeks at the top.

About Taylor Swift

11-time Grammy winner, Taylor Swift is the first female artist ever to win the music industry’s highest honour, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year – three times!  She is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and director, Billboard’s first-ever Woman of the Decade recipient along with being the youngest-ever Woman of the Year honouree and the only artist to have been awarded that title twice. Taylor is the American Music Awards’ Artist of the Decade, the only artist in history to have four consecutive albums sell over one million copies in their week of release (Speak Now, RED, 1989 and reputation) and is the only artist ever to have ten albums each sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week (Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, reputation, Lover, folklore, evermore, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Red (Taylor’s Version)). She is a two-time BRIT recipient having won International Female Solo Artist of the Year in 2015 and the Global Icon Award in 2021. Additionally, Taylor is the first and only female artist in the 21st century to score eight #1 studio albums in the UK.