Ed Sheeran has returned from the land of ketchup — sorry, Edchup — to remind us that he is not, in fact, a condiment entrepreneur but an extremely successful singer-sorcerer who has worked and continues to work with the biggest names in the music industry. He released a complete track list for his upcoming “No. 6 Collaborations Project” album Tuesday via Instagram, and, readers, it is truly something to behold.
The 15-track record will feature the talents of Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, PnB Rock, Stormzy, Yebba, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, J Hus, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, Dave, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Skrillex, Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton.
All of these people, on a single album!
While some artists landed solo guest features on “No. 6” — Travis Scott, for instance, is the sole guest on “Antisocial” — others have been paired. Cabello and Cardi B will both appear on “South of the Border.” Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton will join forces to (presumably) sing about drugs on “Blow.” We have already heard Sheeran and Bieber express how much they love their wives on “I Don’t Care,” released in May along with its green-screen, shenanigans-filled music video. “Cross Me,” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, came out soon afterward.
The featured artists’ names were almost all blacked out in the track listing Sheeran shared on Instagram last month as part of his album announcement. In that post, he noted that he had made an EP titled “No. 5 Collaborations Project” before getting signed in 2011: “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No. 6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year,” he continued. “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” is set for a July 12 release.