Ed Sheeran and J Balvin are two of the biggest musicians in the world – collectively attracting over 131 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone – and now the two very different musicians have teamed up with a surprise two-song EP release that brings both their signature styles into play, successively.
Balvin and Sheeran announced the project on Thursday, releasing both issues on the same evening. “Sigue” is an upbeat reggaeton dance song led by Balvin, one of the genre’s biggest stars. “Forever My Love” is a slower love ballad similar to those that made Sheeran famous. Both songs feature Englishman Ed Sheeran singing in Spanish for the first time in his career.
In a statement coinciding with the release of the EP, Balvin and Sheeran said their collaboration began when they met by chance at a gym in New York six months ago. After having coffee and bonding over being fathers, the two planned to collaborate in New York, which eventually culminated in a day in the studio that spawned both singles.
“I wanted him to come into the world of reggaeton and he invited me into his world as well,” Balvin said in his statement.
“I was in New York over Christmas for shows and we decided to have a day in the studio which led to so much more,” Sheeran said. “The first two songs we wrote were ‘Sigue’ and ‘Forever My Love’ and I love them. He wanted to bring me into his world, and I wanted to bring him into mine. learning Spanish for this and I had so much fun doing it,” said the singer, who promised “more to come” from the collaboration.
Balvin and Sheeran also released music videos for both songs. Watch them below.