Beautiful People (Ed Sheeran song)

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"Beautiful People"
Ed Sheeran - Beautiful People.png
Single by Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid
from the album No.6 Collaborations Project
Released28 June 2019 (2019-06-28)
Format
GenreSynthpop
Length3:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Fred Gibson
  • Max Martin
  • Shellback
  • Alex Gibson (add.)
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"Cross Me"
(2019)
"Beautiful People"
(2019)
"Best Part of Me"
(2019)
Khalid singles chronology
"Talk"
(2019)
"Beautiful People"
(2019)
"Caught Up"
(2019)
Music video
"Beautiful People" on YouTube

"Beautiful People" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran featuring American singer Khalid. Atlantic Records released it on 28 June 2019, as the third single from his fourth studio album No.6 Collaborations Project (2019). It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2019, becoming the second single from the album to reach the summit of the chart.

Background and promotion[edit]

"Beautiful People" was announced as part of the tracklist for No.6 Collaborations Project (2019). Ed Sheeran revealed the song's artwork and release date on 23 June 2019.[1][2] Footage of it being recorded in a studio was released in the following days leading up to its release.[3]

Composition[edit]

According to Rolling Stone's Althea Legaspi, "Beautiful People" is about "remaining true to yourself and not trying to become one of those so-called 'beautiful people' obsessed with material things and stature", and has a composition of "pretty vocal harmonies, [...] a winsome melody and handclap-enhanced rhythms".[4] Idolator's Mike Nied wrote that the song sees the singers "address fears of losing sight of themselves in an image-obsessed crowd".[5]

"Beautiful People" is performed in the key of Eb major and follows a chord progression of Eb–Cm–Ab with a tempo of 100 beats per minute in common time.[6]

Reception[edit]

Mitch Findlay of HotNewHipHop wrote that the singers "make for a formidable pair of young songwriters, arguably some of the pop landscape's best", predicting that "'Beautiful People' will likely enjoy a lofty future on the pop charts".[7] HipHop-N-More's Navjosh called the song "a chilled out track which has the potential to impact both pop and R&B fans".[8] Rap-Up called it a "breezy duet", and added that "Khalid is also equally unfazed by the glitterati".[9]

Music video[edit]

The official music video accompanying it was teased a day before its 28 June release.[10]

In the music video, the film opens with a mousy, average-looking couple waiting in line with their luggage at a small airport. After being approached by a pair of airport personnel, they are directed to a long white limousine waiting outside. The couple hesitantly enters the limousine, where they eat snacks they packed and notice other fancy cars driving past them, apparently heading to the same destination.

As the video continues, the couple find themselves at a series of fancy, expensive places filled with beautiful people: a pool party beside a mansion, a yacht filled with models, a fashion show, and a house party. Surrounded by wealth, indulgence, and beauty, the couple reacts to everything with cautious interest, but spend most of their time focused on each other.

At the end of the video, the couple flies home on a private plane, and upon landing at the airport, they are offered a ride in a nice car. The couple decline, take hands, and head for the airport bus instead.

The music video was filmed in Barcelona, and the airport at the beginning of the music video is the Lleida-Alguaire Airport in Catalonia, Spain. [11]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[12]

  • Ed Sheeran – vocals, songwriter, producer
  • Khalid – featured vocals, songwriter
  • Max Martin – songwriter, producer
  • Shellback – songwriter, producer, guitar, programmer
  • Fred Gibson – backing vocals, songwriter, producer, programmer, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, engineer
  • Alex Gibson – additional production
  • Serban Ghenea – mixer
  • Denis Kosiak – engineer
  • Joe Rubel – engineer
  • John Hanes – engineer
  • Michael Ilbert – engineer
  • Stuart Hawkes – masterer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[17] 6
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[18] 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[19] 9
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[21] 3
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[22] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 2
France (SNEP)[24] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 5
Germany (Airplay Chart)[26] 2
Greece (IFPI)[27] 2
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[28] 16
Hungary (Single Top 40)[29] 10
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[30] 4
Iceland (Tonlist)[31] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 2
Italy (FIMI)[33] 30
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[34] 45
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[35] 1
Malaysia (RIM)[36] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[37] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[38] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[39] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[40] 4
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[41] 7
Portugal (AFP)[42] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[43] 5
Singapore (RIAS)[44] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[45] 6
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[46] 2
Slovenia (SloTop50)[47] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[48] 53
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[49] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[51] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[52] 14
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[53] 24
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[54] 7
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[55] 14
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[56] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[57] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[58] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[59] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[60] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[61] Gold 45,000^
Germany (BVMI)[62] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[63] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[64] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[65] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 28 June 2019 Atlantic [1]
Italy 5 July 2019 Contemporary hit radio Warner [67]

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