Ed Sheeran sent Twitter into meltdown earlier today when he revealed he'd be dropping a new song this evening. The surprise tune, a collaboration with a mystery artist, caused crazy amounts of speculation online, and it's finally been released… along with a pretty exciting announcement.
Growing Up (Sloane's Song) was recorded with rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (sorry, Taylor Swift fans) in celebration of Macklemore's new daughter Sloane.
Macklemore – a.k.a. Ben Haggerty – and his fiancée Tricia quietly welcomed little Sloane in May, and this song seems to be the rapper's way of introducing her to the world. "Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th," he wrote on Soundcloud today.
"There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her."
While the experience of becoming a father has been a positive one, Ben says it took him time to adjust when he first found out Tricia was expecting.
"I wish that I could say that I was in a 'better place' when I found out the news," he wrote.
"It would make for a far more polished and respectable story. But I think back to that night: praying on the floor at 2am as Tricia went to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test I’d just purchased from Walgreens. I was scared."
Growing Up (Sloane's Song) is available for free download via Soundcloud. Have a listen here – we're loving it so far.