Ed Sheeran is set to appear on his first-ever afro-beats song on Friday when the remix of Nigerian superstar Fireboy DMLs hit single “Peru’ comes out.
It's been an eventful year thus far for the English singer-songwriter. After a four year break since the release of his blockbuster album “÷”, in August, Ed Sheeran dropped his fourth studio album “+”.
Despite lukewarm reviews from critics, the album has been a commercial success in large part due to the success of the lead single “Bad Habits”.
@BoombuzzNG tweeted: "Haha! It’s really happening guys! @edsheeran and @fireboydml with “Peru” remix 🔥🔥24th December finna be lit. 🥳"
The original version of “Peru”, which was released in July, has already become the most-streamed song of Fireboy's career and catapulted him into a continental star.
Peru has also charted well in parts of Europe and helped the young afro-beats star become one of the most popular artists on the continent.
@edsheeran posted: @Surprise! 'PERU' by @fireboydml and Ed drops next Friday, 12am GMT, pre-save here: music.empi.re/perufireanded 🔥🌴"
When the single first came out, it was presented as just a teaser to keep fans entertained while they waited for his eagerly anticipated third album.
But its surprising success has meant him and his team have needed to continue pushing it and giving it their full attention to allow it to penetrate even further.
Fireboy first rose to prominence in 2019 with his massive single Vibration from his debut album “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps”.
He followed that up with his sophomore album titled Apollo in 2020.
“Apollo” didn't quite live up to expectations, which can in part be attributed to the limited ability for artists to push their music on the road due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With parts of the world now open, Fireboy will be hitting the road to tour North American cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta, in February.