The coundown is finally over—Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have released their long-awaited single, “I Don’t Care,” and it might just be in contention for song of the summer. The song comes after a week’s worth of hints and teasing from the duo on their social media channels.
Throughout the poppy tune, the boys sing about being satisfied and able to handle anything as long as they’re with their partners. It touches on the sense of anxiety that’s felt in crowded situations, which is relieved by being with their significant other. The line “With all these people all around/I’m crippled with anxiety,” sung by the Biebs, makes sense considering that a few months ago he announced he’d be taking a hiatus from music to focus on his mental health.
This isn’t the first time the pair have collabed—Sheeran and Bieber were both featured on Lil Dicky’s April single “Earth,” with Bieber being rendered as a baboon and Sheeran as a koala in the colourful music video. Our favourite ginger was also a lead songwriter for and provided backing vocals on Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, off of his 2015 album Purpose.
While Bieber has been featured on different singles over the past year and may possibly have an album on the way (according to manager Scooter Braun) , this is Sheeran’s first single since last year’s “Happier”, a track off of his 2017 album Divide.
Let’s hope this single signals the start of a summer filled with more catchy tunes by the Biebs and Sheeran. Until then, we’ll be listening to this all day long.