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Ed Sheeran Teams Up With Pokémon For New Song Celestial

Friday, 30 September 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Dan Martensen

Ed Sheeran has shared a new song, Celestial.

The track arrives in collaboration with Pokémon and was written for a pair of upcoming video games, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, which will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 18. 

Spirited and somewhat danceable, it comes with a video featuring the singer-songwriter going about his everyday life, with characters from the world of Pokémon appearing as sketches in a style similar to how Sheeran doodled Pokémon as a child. He said:

"I’ve played Pokémon since I was in primary school. Me and my brother used to have different versions of the games and would trade Pokémon together ‘til we each completed our Pokédex. I loved the cards but the games are what I lost myself in. I loved the whole world they created; it kept me distracted if there was negative stuff happening in my life/school that I wanted to avoid. It was a world I could escape into and I’ve played it ever since. Even though I'm 31 now, I still own the same Game Boy Color and play Pokémon Yellow or Silver on planes and trains when I'm on tour. It’s such an honour to add a song into a Pokémon game and shoot a nostalgic video too. I hope you guys enjoy the song and video - it was a blast to film!"

In a comment accompanying the YouTube clip, Sheeran told fans, "Play the games to find the song and if you name any of your Pokémon after me, let me know."

The 31-year-old will resume his The + - = ÷ x Tour (aka The Mathematics Tour) with a run of Australian and New Zealand dates in February and March. Prior to that, he'll play an intimate charity show at London's Union Chapel on November 11.

He released his latest album, '=', in October 2021.

Ed Sheeran Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue October 11 2022 - LONDON Union Chapel

Wed February 01 2023 - WELLINGTON Sky Stadium
Thu February 02 2023 - WELLINGTON Sky Stadium
Fri February 10 2023 - AUCKLAND Eden Park
Sat February 11 2023 - AUCKLAND Eden Park
Fri February 17 2023 - BRISBANE Suncorp Stadium
Sat February 18 2023 - BRISBANE Suncorp Stadium
Sun February 19 2023 - BRISBANE Suncorp Stadium
Fri February 24 2023 - SYDNEY Accor Stadium
Sat February 25 2023 - SYDNEY Accor Stadium
Thu March 02 2023 - MELBOURNE MCG
Fri March 03 2023 - MELBOURNE MCG
Tue March 07 2023 - ADELAIDE Oval
Sun March 12 2023 - PERTH Optus Stadium

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