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Ed Sheeran has announced that he will release a new song in collaboration with The Pokémon Company next week.
Titled ‘Celestial’, the song will be released on September 29 on all major music streaming platforms. Sheeran posted a brief clip of the song, which he sang surrounded by Pokémon plush toys, on his YouTube channel earlier this week.
Artwork for the single, which features Ed and a crudely-drawn Pikachu, has also been revealed
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While this may seem like a strange collaboration to some, the Grammy award-winning musician is actually a huge fan of the Pokémon franchise.
Ahead of the Pokémon World Championships in London earlier this year, Ed recorded a message for attendees. He’s also publicly spoken in the past about being stuck in a train station all night during his early touring days, and to pass the time he played Pokémon Red on the Game Boy Colour for nine hours straight.
The next entries in the series, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, will be released in November and let up to four players explore an open world together freely.
The Nintendo Switch OLED Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Switch Edition console will launch on November 4 with a suggested retail price of $359.99.