Of course, it only took Beyonce one take — but when it came to getting
together with Bey, things weren’t so seamless. Sheeran noted that the song, which was released Dec. 1, has actually been in the works since May.
Moreover, even getting in touch with Beyonce, to begin with, was tough: “I have an email address that I email that actually changes every week,” Sheeran laughs. Once the email connection happened, the two hopped on the phone and the rest is history.
“Obviously she had twins [in June], and we finished [the song] in September, so I’ve been holding onto it since then,” Sheeran said of the “Perfect Duet,” which was released on Dec. 1.
Ed Sheeran’s efforts were clearly worth it, as “Perfect” jumps from No. 5 to No. 3 on the Hot 100 this week (chart dated Dec. 16) only to be stopped by the ongoing battle for the top spot between Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Post Malone’s still-reigning “Rockstar,” which holds at No. 1 for the eighth week.