By Kevin Rutherford
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ed Sheeran riffed on a number of topics prior to his sophomore album X‘s impending release next week, including his new album, competition between fellow singer-songwriters and the album’s first single, “Sing.”
In fact, Sheeran revealed two interesting nuggets about the song. Attention has been paid to his song “Don’t,” which may or may not be an Ellie Goulding diss track, but he said “Sing” deserves a similar look: “‘Sing’ is about a very, very well-known person,” he said. “No one knows that, so no one’s being like, ‘Who’s it about?'”
Oh, and there’s another thing: the song apparently has a Psy remix.
In the story, Times writer Jon Caramanica points out that at one point, Sheeran pulled out his phone and played a small bit of a “Sing” remix that the K-pop superstar had recorded.
Nothing else is mentioned about the remix — whether or not it’ll see the light of day, for instance — but it isn’t a farfetched pairing. In recent interviews, Sheeran said the puppet-themed video for “Sing,” which features a boozy night on the town, was actually inspired by a night of drinking and singing karaoke with Psy.
In a talk with MTV, Sheeran also dropped a line about the remix, calling it “the coolest thing I’ve ever heard” — but again, he wasn’t sure if it was going to be a thing the masses actually heard.
Sheeran, who collaborated with Pharrell on “Sing,” may also have material with The Game coming down the pipe with production from DJ Mustard, the Times interview notes.
Sheeran is just about to release X on June 23. Watch our interview with the British singer-songwriter at last weekend’s Ed on Ellis concert, where he talks poptimism and exciting his teenage fans.
Also check out our recap of the best things that happened at Ed on Ellis, featuring an exclusive performance of “Sing.”