Los Angeles - Say hello to Jed Shieber, everyone, and get used to him: He's sure to be here for a very long while.
We speak, of course, of the bromantic union of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran, who after collaborating behind the scenes on two recent pop smashes - Bieber's "Love Yourself" in 2015 and Major Lazer's "Cold Water" in 2016 - have finally joined voices for "I Don't Care," a new collaborative single released late Thursday night.
For both stars, the song represents a return to the spotlight after some time away - time in which Shawn Mendes made himself a nice little sweet spot between Sheeran's folky songwriter-isms and Bieber's post-EDM balladry. But "I Don't Care" is also clearly the duo's stab at creating the song of the summer; it was designed to be played at barbecues and pool parties from now until September. Surrender now: It most definitely will be.
Clever as always, Sheeran wrote the tune - and let's establish that this feels like Sheeran featuring Bieber, not the other way around - about feeling out of place at just such a gathering.