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Ed Sheeran, Pharrell collaborate on new track 'Sing' [LISTEN]

"Sing" is the first single off of Ed Sheeran's new album, "X."
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   April 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- In a marked departure from his usual folksy singer-songwriter shtick, Ed Sheeran teamed up with Pharrell for an R&B-style track that sounds a lot like Justin Timberlake.

"Sing," the first single off of Sheeran's forthcoming second album, X, debuted online Monday.

The 23-year-old recently admitted to Billboard that he did channel the Mirrors crooner.

"I love Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, so I took inspiration from those."

"The last album was more young and dewy-eyed and innocent," he said. "I've still got very nice songs on this record. But some of them are bite-y."

Listen to the Pharrell-produced track below:

[MTV, Billboard]

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