Taylor Swift Confirms Ed Sheeran Duet on New Album ‘Red’
Taylor Swift hosted a live web chat this evening (Aug. 13) to reveal the first details about her new album, ‘Red,’ due out on Oct. 22, 2012. And in the midst of telling fans that release date and premiering her new heavily pop-leaning single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,’ Swift shared a somewhat intriguing detail about ‘Red’: It will feature a duet with English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
“Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite people in the world,” Swift gushed during the live streaming broadcast. “He’s so cool, and he’s just such a great artist. And I remember when I was touring in Australia, I saw his music video on TV and I was just blown away. It was the one for ‘Lego House.’ I just think that whole concept is just brilliant and amazing.”
She continued, “And I got back to the States, and I heard from someone that he wanted to work with me, and we ended up getting together and writing together — and we wrote a song while sitting on a trampoline that was so much fun and we loved so much that we actually ended up recording it as a duet.”
“So it is gonna be on the album,” Swift confirmed, “and I’m so excited because I’m such a huge fan of his.”
The collaboration comes as no surprise — in May, Swift and Sheeran both tweeted about co-writing songs over cheeseburgers, and even casually performed ‘Lego House’ together while sitting on a kitchen floor — but the revelation that she is including a duet with him on her 2012 album opens doors to what other surprises she may have in store on the 16-track release.
“I got to work with some of my absolute favorite people in music, so this is album is full of co-writers,” Swift said. “The people that I worked with, I feel like [they] were incredible and lived up to what I thought they were.”
Sheeran, meanwhile, doesn’t really need the ever-popular Swift’s help to stay in the news. He recently appeared at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, which aired on Aug. 12, to perform a cover of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Wish You Were Here.’