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Ed Sheeran gets his mojo on with Pharrell Williams on 'Sing'

U.K. singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran premiered his new single "Sing" via Twitter on Monday. Sheeran completely switches up his soft rock sound with producer Pharrell Williams this time around.

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Sheeran found worldwide success in 2012 with his debut album +, and somber singles like "The A Team" and "Lego House." He took a short break last year to focus on a follow-up album. "Sing" is his new album's lead single and it was co-produced by Pharrell Williams.

"Sing" is a surprisingly upbeat track with a funk edge (because of Williams' sound no doubt). Like Justin Timberlake's debut solo single "Like I Love You," slick guitar and hip-hop beats back Sheeran as he embraces his smooth operator side. "I need you darling / Can you set the tone?" Ed sings in falsetto. Those hoping for another "The A Team"-like track may be disappointed, but hearing Sheeran get his mojo on in "Sing," really is a treat in, and of itself.

"Sing" is now available on iTunes in the U.S. Sheeran's sophomore album, X, will be released worldwide on June 23.