Meet the Ed Sheeran collaborators
Since its release earlier this month, Ed Sheeran’s latest collaborative album ‘No.6 Collaboration Project’ has already broken a bunch of chart records. Not only is it currently the fastest selling album of 2019 so far, selling more than the rest of the Top 30 combined, it also boasts three Top 5 singles including ‘Beautiful People’ riding at the number one spot. There would probably be more but the Official Chart Company only allows a single artist to have three entries in the Top 40 at any one time.
And while its domination and popularity is impressive, it’s not nearly as impressive as the guest artists that have made an appearance on the new record. And while we are all familiar with the works of artists like Stormzy, Eminem, Justin Bieber and the ton of other names on the tracklist, the album also showcases a whole range of new and emerging names amongst the star-studded line-up. So we thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some new names on ‘No.6 Collaboration Project’ so you can brag to your mates about hearing them first.
Despite hanging around the industry as far back as 2015, US singer and producer YEBBA has only really made an impact as a featured artist. Having appeared on singles for the likes of Sam Smith, Chance The Rapper and A Tribe Called Quest in previous years, she has finally begun to make her mark in the last year or so. Collaborating with Rudimental for their single ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ as well as on Mark Ronson’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’, she is finally getting the recognition she deserves and even Ed Sheeran himself noted that she was a star in the making.
Originally making her name as an unknown frontwoman with her series of self-titled EPs back in 2016 and 2017, the now unmasked H.E.R. aka Gabriella Wilson is quickly taking the US by storm thanks to her dark and gloomy style of RnB. She has recently teamed up with Jess Glynne and Jorja Smith for their recent singles, and is already looking to become one your favourite new artist when her long-awaited debut album finally makes its way out.
By far the most obscure name on ‘No.6 Collaboration Project’ is the Argentinian rapper Paulo Londra, unless of course you are from Argentina, in which case there is no getting away from him. With his debut album ‘Longrun’ topping the album charts in his home country, the MC has already made a strong impact in a number of Spanish-speaking countries around the world, and now looks set to do the same for us.
Some of you may recognise the name Camila Cabello as she first made her name as a member of US girl group Fifth Harmony, but just like Zayn Malik and Geri Halliwell before her, she realised that she was just that little bit better than her bandmates and went solo in 2016. The gamble seems to be paying off for her though as her debut album ‘Camila’ topped album charts across the globe last year, and looks set to outdo the success of her previous outfit.
Just like so many other artists these days, London’s Ella Mai was discovered on social media, and quickly snapped up by US producer Mustard. Since then, she has released a wave of EPs and her self-titled debut album, which has proven to be a bigger hit across the pond than it was over here. So expect this UK-born RnB queen to make a comeback in her homeland very soon.