Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's new duet pulls at your heartstrings. See the nostalgic video
Those emotional sorcerers Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have done it again. The longtime friends teamed up for an elegant duet of Sheeran’s “The Joker and The Queen,” the latest single from his 2021 album, “=.”
When he wrote the tender waltz, Sheeran said he had Swift in mind for an eventual reimagining of the ballad, which pairs a sumptuous piano melody with a cinematic swoosh of strings provided by Sheeran’s brother, Matthew.
Released today, the duo's "Joker and Queen" marks their fourth collaboration. They started with 2012’s “Everything Has Changed” and added “End Game” (2017) and “Run (Taylor’s Version)” from her 2021 rerelease of her album “Red.”
'I'm obviously happy':Joe Alwyn, Taylor Swift's boyfriend, says an open relationship would be 'exhausting'
In addition to the emotional potency of the song, a video for “The Joker and The Queen” delivers a blast of nostalgia. The original actors from the duo’s “Everything Has Changed” video – from 2012 – star in the clip as now-18-year-olds Ava and Jack, who are preparing to head off to college.
Photos: Taylor Swift through the years
Sheeran performed his solo version of “The Joker and The Queen” earlier this week at the Brit Awards, where he was nominated for four awards. Though he lost to Adele for artist, album and song of the year – her “30” prevailed over his “=” and “Easy on Me” scored over “Bad Habits” – Sheeran was honored with a songwriter of the year award.
Swift was recently in the headlines for her incisive response to Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn claiming in the Los Angeles Times that Swift doesn’t write her own songs.
Swift posted on Twitter, “Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really (expletive) up to try and discredit my writing.”
Another of Swift’s longtime industry friends, producer Jack Antonoff, defended her in a Rolling Stone story.
“I don’t care if Damon Albarn or anyone likes or doesn’t like something. But to unequivocally make a statement that isn’t true, that you actually have no idea about, and not to get too deep on it? Isn’t that kind of everything that’s wrong with our world at the moment? People talking about (stuff) that they have no clue about?” Antonoff said.