Ed Sheeran’s ‘The Joker and the Queen’ has been rebooted with guest vocals from Sheeran’s regular collaborator, Taylor Swift. It’s the latest single from Sheeran’s fifth album = (pronounced “equals”).
= came out in October 2021. It was preceded by the singles ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Shivers’ and ‘Overpass Graffiti’. While ‘The Joker and the Queen’ single features guest vocals from Swift, neither Sheeran nor Swift appears in the song’s official music video, which you can watch below.
Sheeran and Swift’s previous collaborations have all been for Taylor Swift releases. The partnership began with ‘Everything Has Changed’, the sixth single from Swift’s 2012 album Red. The pair next connected on the single ‘End Game’ from 2017’s Reputation.
Sheeran and Swift got back in the studio last year to re-record ‘Everything Has Changed’ for Red (Taylor’s Version). Sheeran also appeared on ‘Run‘ from the Red (Taylor’s Version) [From the Vault Chapter].
Swift was recently in the news after Blur and Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn mistakenly suggested she doesn’t write her own songs. For what it’s worth, Swift wrote her part for the new version of ‘The Joker and the Queen’. The original track was written by Ed Sheeran in partnership with Johnny McDaid, Fred Gibson and Sam Roman.
McDaid is the guitarist in Snow Patrol; Gibson is a UK producer also known as Fred or Fred again..; Roman produces under the alias Romans. McDaid and Gibson worked on the majority of tracks on =.