We’re sure you’ve heard that Justin Bieber is taking a mental health hiatus from music for a while, citing his need to focus on being a good husband (and potential father?) and other “deep rooted issues.” But now might be a good time for Beliebers to finally get excited.
After his surprise appearance at Ariana Grande’s final Coachella set on April 21 (where he announced his album was “coming”), Bieber and Ed Sheeran took to social media today to post similar images of the pair standing in front of a green screen backdrop with the caption “10.”
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— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 30, 2019
Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, who previously hinted that Bieber’s upcoming fifth album was going to arrive in 2019, also posted an identical image and caption to his Twitter.
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) April 30, 2019
So what does “10” mean? Are Bieber and Sheeran taking after Taylor Swift and launching a 10-day countdown to the single’s release on May 10? Or maybe Bieber is attempting to low key re-create his “What Do You Mean” social media campaign that famously featured various celebs holding up signs counting down the days to the single’s release. Or perhaps it’s not a countdown hint at all but the title of the collab?
Whatever the case may be, the fact still remains: we’re long overdue for some new tunes from the Biebs. His last album Purpose came out four years ago in 2015 and he’s only done features since then, appearing most recently on Lil Dicky’s charity single “Earth” last week.
Like Bieber, Sheeran has also been doing more collaborations in lieu of any major solo releases as it’s been two years since Divide and a year since his last solo single “Happier.” He most recently appeared as a songwriter on BTS’ “Make It Right,” a track in the K-pop septet’s latest EP Map of the Soul: Persona. Currently, Sheeran is on the Asian leg of his Divide tour and was most recently spotted in the studio with Japanese band One OK Rock.
This won’t mark the first time Sheeran and Bieber have joined forces—Sheeran was the lead songwriter of Bieber’s 2015 Purpose single “Love Yourself.” With such a mega hit under their belts, no wonder fans are going wild for the possibility of another collaboration, though this time with both artists lending their vocal talent to a single that may prove to be 2019’s summer anthem. Whatever is coming though, we’re sure it’ll be fire.