Ed Sheeran has dropped two more tracks from his upcoming album No. 6 Collaborations Project. The first, guitar-driven rock number “Blow,” features Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars, who also produced the track, while the second, “Best Part of Me,” features American singer-songwriter YEBBA. “Best Part of Me,” a romantic pop ballad, was produced by Sheeran alongside Benny Blanco and Joe Rubel.
“I loved making both records,” Sheeran said in a statement. “YEBBA is phenomenal, she’s onto massive things. Bruno, Chris and I had a lot of fun recording. Play them loud, tell your mates, enjoy.”
No. 6 Collaborations Project drops July 12th. Sheeran has previously shared several other tracks off the album, including “Beautiful People” featuring Khalid, “I Don’t Care” featuring Justin Bieber, which Sheeran also re-recorded for an acoustic version, and “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock. The 15-song album will features 22 guests total, with additional appearances from Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B and Camila Cabello.
Sheeran was inspired to make No. 6 Collaborations Project because of his early EP No.5 Collaborations Project. He recently said in an interview, “It was when I [worked with] Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli, and I had them both on the ‘Perfect’ single, that I started a thing on my laptop, ‘No.6 Collaborations.’ And just throughout the year while I was on tour, any time I met anyone that I’d been a fan of, it was the first time I’d been able to be like, ‘Let’s get in the studio.” The singer added, “For me, this is a compilation album of artists that I am a fan of.”
Sheeran and Mars ribbed each other on Instagram in advance of releasing “Blow,” with Mars teasing Sheeran about the themes of his previously released No.6 tracks. “I Don’t Care” featuring Justin Bieber opens with the lyric “I’m at a party I don’t want to be at,” “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock warns they’ll clap back if you step to those they love and the Khalid-assisted “Beautiful People” houses the line “We’re not beautiful people.”
“Heyyyyyy……Man……U should probably just like….I don’t know… stay home tonight or something,” Mars teased. Sheeran jokingly responded that Mars should instead “worry about getting that video finished for release on Friday.” Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project arrives on July 12th.