Ed Sheeran‘s new album “No. 6 Collaborations Project” doesn’t drop until July 12, but he has already released a third single in advance of its release. And there’s a new video to go along with it. On “Beautiful People” he teams up with R&B star Khalid to sing about the finer things in life — and how they’d really just prefer the ordinary things in life. Watch the video above.
“We don’t fit in well / ‘Cause we are just ourselves,” he sings. “This is my only fear / That we become / Beautiful people / Drop-top, designer clothes / Front row at fashion shows / … That’s not who we are.” I mean, Sheeran and Khalid seem to be doing quite well for themselves, so that kind of is who they are, materially at least, which may be way they hardly even show up in the video. Instead, the clip focuses on a pair of ordinary travelers who find themselves whisked away in limos and yachts but are disinterested in all that glamorous partying.
“No. 6” is Sheeran’s follow up to “Divide,” his four-times platinum 2017 album which produced the biggest hit of his career thus far, “Shape of You,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The song won him a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, while the album won Best Pop Album, though it came as a surprise to many that Sheeran was completely shut out of the general field categories, given his massive success that year.
He wanted company for his latest effort. Though artist collaborations are nothing new for Sheeran, “No. 6” is, true to its title, filled with collaborations from top to bottom. The first single from the album was “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber, and he followed that up with “Cross Me” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock. Also featured on the album will be songs with Camila Cabello and Cardi B, Travis Scott, Ella Mai, H.E.R. and many more.
What do you think of Sheeran and Khalid’s “Beautiful” ode to the simple life? And will “No. 6” win him more Grammys? Make your Album of the Year predictions right here in our predictions center.
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