No.6 Collaborations Project

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No.6 Collaborations Project
Ed Sheeran - No. 6 Collaborations Project.png
Studio album by
Released12 July 2019
Length49:48
Label
Producer
Ed Sheeran chronology
÷
(2017)
No.6 Collaborations Project
(2019)
Singles from No.6 Collaborations Project
  1. "I Don't Care"
    Released: 10 May 2019
  2. "Cross Me"
    Released: 24 May 2019
  3. "Beautiful People"
    Released: 28 June 2019
  4. "Best Part of Me"
    Released: 5 July 2019
  5. "Blow"
    Released: 5 July 2019
  6. "Antisocial"
    Released: 12 July 2019

No.6 Collaborations Project is the fourth studio album[1][2] by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released on 12 July 2019 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. The album is a follow-up to Sheeran's 2011 EP No. 5 Collaborations Project, and includes a range of guest appearances from artists such as Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B, Paulo Londra, Young Thug and Bruno Mars, among others, alongside British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Dave. It was preceded by the singles "I Don't Care" with Bieber, "Cross Me" featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, "Beautiful People" featuring Khalid, "Best Part of Me" featuring Yebba, "Blow" with Chris Stapleton and Mars, and "Antisocial" with Scott. The album debuted atop the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200.

Background[edit]

Sheeran announced the album on 23 May 2019.[3][4] The album is a follow-up to the last of his five EPs, No. 5 Collaborations Project (2011).[5] In a post on Instagram, he said, "Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I've always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I'm a huge fan of all the artists I've collaborated with and it's been a lot of fun to make."[6]

The album is his fourth studio album,[7][8][9] although Sheeran has described it as a compilation album.[10] Sheeran released the album's track list on 23 May 2019, but the names of all the featured artists on the unreleased tracks were redacted.[8][11] The track list includes 15 tracks, a departure from his previous three studio albums, which each consisted of 12 tracks.[1][7] The track list including all guest appearances was revealed on 18 June 2019.[12]

Release[edit]

No.6 Collaborations Project was released on 12 July 2019.[13][14] The album was made available for pre-order on 23 May 2019.[6][5]

Singles[edit]

"I Don't Care", a collaboration with Justin Bieber, was released on 10 May 2019 as the album's lead single,[13][15] although the album itself had not yet been announced at that time.[16] The song marks Sheeran's third collaboration with Bieber, and the first in which both sing on the same track.[17]

"Cross Me" was released on 24 May 2019 [6] as the album's second single.[13][18] On 20 May 2019, Sheeran posted a picture of the track's title on his Instagram account; the picture included the names of two collaborators, but the names themselves were crossed out. The caption on the picture posed the question, "Can you guess who's on the next one?".[19] The two collaborators were later revealed to be Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.[18]

"Beautiful People", featuring Khalid, was confirmed to be the third single off of the album by Sheeran on 23 June 2019.[20] On 25 June 2019, Sheeran posted a video of Khalid recording part of the song on his Instagram. On 26 June 2019, video of Sheeran performing part of the song acoustically was posted.[21] It was released on 28 June 2019.

"Best Part of Me" featuring Yebba, the fourth single, was released along with "Blow" on 5 July 2019. Sheeran announced the song's release on 4 July 2019.

"Blow" with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars, the fifth single from the album, was released on 5 July 2019. Sheeran announced the song and music video's release on 30 June 2019.[22]

"Antisocial", a collaboration with rapper Travis Scott, was released as the sixth single from the album on 12 July 2019. Sheeran announced the release date of the single on 11 July 2019.[23]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[24]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[25]
The Independent2/5 stars[26]
NME3/5 stars[27]
Pitchfork5.3/10[28]
Slant Magazine1.5/5 stars[29]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[30]

No.6 Collaborations Project received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from selected mainstream critics, the album received an average of 57, based on 13 reviews, indicating ''mixed or average reviews".[24]

In a positive review, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote: "Unsurprisingly, the end result sounds not unlike a Top 20 rundown or Spotify's Hot Hits UK playlist. That should give you an idea of whether you'll like it. [...] Sheeran succeeds in pulling off his patent trick of simultaneously stunning you with the pitiless commercial efficiency of his writing while retaining a certain ordinary-bloke humanity."[25] Similarly, Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph says, "Sheeran has delivered a solid commercial showcase of the power of contemporary pop music brands. It is a case of Superstars Assemble. A fan base shared is a fan base multiplied."[30]

Nick Levine of NME concluded that "It's less an album, more a collection of savvy and generally savvy collaborations which blurs traditional genre boundaries unselfconsciously and acknowledges that Latin-pop is the sound of the near-future. Most of the time, it's a credit to Sheeran's songwriting skills and well-honed persona."[27] Helen Brown of The Independent said of the album: "Though his fare is bland, it is sincere and hygienically prepared. No thrills, but all affable, affordable, family-friendly fills."[26] Writing for Pitchfork, Rawiya Kameir opined that "few releases have been as baldly transparent and destined for ubiquity as No.6, which has all the conspicuous mining of a Drake album, but very little of the finesse or cultural fluency".[28]

Commercial performance[edit]

No.6 Collaborations Project debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 173,000 album-equivalent units, including 70,000 pure album sales. It is Sheeran's third US number-one album.[31]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Beautiful People" (featuring Khalid)
3:17
2."South of the Border" (featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B)
3:24
3."Cross Me" (featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock)Fred3:26
4."Take Me Back to London" (featuring Stormzy)
3:09
5."Best Part of Me" (featuring Yebba)
4:03
6."I Don't Care" (with Justin Bieber)
  • Martin
  • Shellback
  • Fred
3:39
7."Antisocial" (featuring Travis Scott)
2:41
8."Remember the Name" (featuring Eminem and 50 Cent)
  • Sheeran
  • Shellback
  • Martin
  • Fred
3:27
9."Feels" (featuring Young Thug and J Hus)Fred2:30
10."Put It All on Me" (featuring Ella Mai)
  • Sheeran
  • Mai
  • Gibson
Fred3:17
11."Nothing on You" (featuring Paulo Londra and Dave)
  • Fred
  • Sam Tsang[a]
3:20
12."I Don't Want Your Money" (featuring H.E.R.)
3:24
13."1000 Nights" (featuring Meek Mill and A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
3:32
14."Way to Break My Heart" (featuring Skrillex)
  • Skrillex
  • Mac
3:10
15."Blow" (with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton)
Mars3:29
Total length:49:48

Sample credits

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[32]

  • Ed Sheeran – vocals (all tracks), guitar (tracks 2, 5, 8), producer (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8), bass (track 5)
  • 50 Cent – vocals (track 8)
  • Angad "Bainz" Bains – engineer (track 9)
  • AJ Putman – engineer (track 13)
  • Alex Estevez – engineer (track 13)
  • Alex Gibson – additional production (tracks 1, 7)
  • Anthony Cruz – engineer (track 13)
  • Anthony Evans – editor (track 5)
  • Archie Carter – assistant engineer (track 5)
  • Benjy Gibson – backing vocals and percussion (track 6)
  • Benny Blanco – drum programming, keyboards, and producer (track 5)
  • Boi-1da – producer (track 13)
  • A Boogie wit da Hoodie – vocals (track 13)
  • Brody Brown – bass (track 15)
  • Bruno Mars – drums, guitar, Moog, producer, and vocals (track 15)
  • Camila Cabello – vocals (track 2)
  • Cardi B – vocals (track 2)
  • Chance the Rapper – vocals (track 3)
  • Charles Moniz – engineer (track 15)
  • Chris Galland – mixing (track 12), mixing engineer (tracks 3, 10, 15)
  • Chris Laws – engineer (track 14), programming (2)
  • Chris Sclafani – engineer (track 5)
  • Chris Stapleton – vocals (track 15)
  • Dann Pursey – engineer (track 14)
  • Dave – vocals (track 11)
  • David Pizzimenti – engineer (track 10)
  • Denis Kosiak – engineer (track 1)
  • DJ Riggins – assistant mix engineer (tracks 9, 11, 14), engineer (tracks 4, 7, 13)
  • Ella Mai – vocals (track 10)
  • Emma Corby – brass arrangements (track 6)
  • Eminem – vocals (track 8)
  • Evan LaRay – engineer (track 2)
  • Fred – ad libs (track 4), backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9–11), bass and drums (tracks 1–4, 6–12), beatbox (track 6), co-producer (track 12), engineer (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9–13), guitar (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6–12), keyboards (tracks 1–4, 6–13), producer (tracks 1–4, 6–11, 13), programming (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6–12), synthesizer (tracks 2, 13)
  • Gabe Jaskowiak – recording (track 3)
  • Geoff Swan – engineer (tracks 10, 12)
  • George Seara – engineer (track 12)
  • Georgia Gibson – saxophone (track 6)
  • Giampaolo Parisi – design and synthesizer (tracks 3, 10)
  • Gosha Usov – engineer (track 5)
  • H.E.R. – vocals (track 12)
  • Inaam Haq – assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • J Hus – vocals (track 9)
  • Jacob "The Menace" Dennis – assistant engineer (track 15)
  • Jacob Richards – assistant mix engineer (tracks 9, 11, 14), engineer (tracks 4, 7, 13)
  • Jahaan Sweet – producer (track 13)
  • Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd – backing vocals (track 6)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (tracks 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14)
  • Joe Reeves – guitar (track 12)
  • Joe Rubel – drum programming (track 5), engineer (tracks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 15), keyboards and producer (track 5)
  • Joe Strange – engineer (track 8)
  • John Hanes – engineer (tracks 1, 2, 6)
  • Josh Gudwin – production and recording (track 6)
  • Justin Bieber – vocals (track 6)
  • Kate Conklin – additional vocals (track 14)
  • Kenny Beats – producer (track 4)
  • Khalid – vocals (track 1)
  • Kid Culture – additional programming (track 14)
  • Ky Miller – engineer (track 8)
  • Liam Nolan – engineer (track 12)
  • Luke Farnell – assistant engineer (track 9)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (tracks 3, 10, 12, 15)
  • Marco Parisi – design and synthesizer (tracks 3, 10)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (track 5)
  • Matt Wolach – mixing (track 5)
  • Max Martin – backing vocals (track 6), keyboards (tracks 6, 8), producer (tracks 1, 6, 8), programming (track 8)
  • Meek Mill – vocals (track 13)
  • Michael Freeman – mixing (track 5)
  • Michael Ilbert – engineer (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8)
  • Mike Seaberg – assistant mix engineer (tracks 9, 11, 14), engineer (tracks 4, 7, 13)
  • Mike Strange – engineer and mixing (track 8)
  • Nineteen85 – bass, drums, keyboards, and producer (track 12)
  • Ovy on the Drums – engineer (track 11)
  • Paul Anthony Morrison – engineer (track 11)
  • Paulo Londra – vocals (track 11)
  • PnB Rock – vocals (track 3)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (track 5)
  • Robert Sellens – assistant engineer (track 5)
  • Robin Florent – assistant mix engineer (track 3, 10, 11), mixing (track 15)
  • Sam Tsang – synthesizer, programming, and additional production (track 11)
  • Scott Desmarais – assistant mix engineer (track 3, 10, 11), mixing (track 15)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 6)
  • Shaan Singh – engineer (track 9)
  • Shellback – guitar (track 1), keyboards (tracks 6, 8), producer and programming (tracks 1, 6, 8)
  • Simone Torres – engineer (track 2)
  • Skrillex – mixing (track 14), producer (tracks 4, 14)
  • Steve Mac – keyboards and producer (tracks 2, 14)
  • Stormzy – vocals (track 4)
  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering (all tracks)
  • Tate McDowell – assistant engineer (track 10)
  • Thomas Bartlett – keyboards (track 5)
  • Tom Norris – mixing (track 14)
  • Tony Campana – engineer (track 8)
  • Travis Scott – engineer and vocals (track 7)
  • Tre Nagella – engineer (track 7)
  • Yebba – vocals (track 5)
  • Young Thug – vocals (track 9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[36] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[40] 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[41] 6
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[42] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[43] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[44] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[45] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 1
US Billboard 200[31] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various 12 July 2019 [32]

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