Singer songwriter Armaan Malik added an Indian flavour to his latest track “2Step,” which is in collaboration with pop icon Ed Sheeran. The upbeat number is his second international feature and explores the tribulations of artistic endeavours.
Armaan Malik and Ed Sheeran recently collaborated on a brand new version of the latter’s hit track “2Step.” Malik built anticipation around the release, taking to Twitter to share the news along with the cover art of the song. The song’s vocals have a rap-like flow and sees the singers reflect on hustle culture, the trials of the music industry, creative endeavours, and counting on loved ones for support.
Armaan Malik and Ed Sheeran’s “2Step” is now out
While the song came as a surprise announcement for fans, Malik had earlier expressed an interest in working with the Bad Habits singer. “2Steps back down memory lane, 2Steps forward in living my dream. Manifestation is real,” he captioned his Instagram post with a moment from an old interview where he was asked to reveal his international collaboration wish list.
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The original song was released in 2021 as a part of Ed Sheeran’s album Equal. The latest version sees the Indian singer belt out several hard-hitting lyrics in Hindi, revealing all the challenges he had on his journey to being the star he is today. Malik sets the record straight on his popularity, stating that he had to work to win over fans and the industry. Sheeran, meanwhile, discusses the rat race that people often find themselves in.
This marks Malik’s second international collaboration, after his 2021 hit single Echo with K-pop sensation Eric Nam and American music producer KSHMR. Fans and friends flocked to social media to congratulate the singer, with singer and performer Akasa Singh expressing her pride at Malik, “putting India on the map.” His brother and music director Amaal Malik said, “What a song can’t wait…Big moves.”
2step with @edsheeran is out now! What is this life.. how is all this real?
so grateful, my heart is overwhelmed. brb crying happy tears https://t.co/01flfabbPT
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) June 6, 2022
Speaking to the Rolling Stone about his collaboration, Malik said, “This song talks about confidence, finding power in your art, and leaning on your loved ones,” He further adds. “When we have the support of the people we love, we can overcome any adversity. Nothing can keep us from moving forward. Two steps at a time!”
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His feature joins the likes of 13 remixed versions of the track, which includes artists from Brazil, Ireland, Finland, Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. “I’m beyond excited to be featured on this version of ‘2Step’ with Ed Sheeran! He’s always been such an inspiration, and I’m a big fan of his music and incredible songwriting,” Malik stated before adding, “This is a huge moment not only for me, but also for other Indian artists too. I genuinely believe that this will be the beginning for a lot more collaborations of this nature.
The official poster for the song features a butterfly against a red backdrop and the song is now out across all streaming platforms. Malik dropped the track with the caption, “What is this life..how is all this real? So grateful my heart is overwhelmed. Brb crying happy tears.”
Malik only recently signed a deal with Warner Music India (WM India) to launch a new label, with the singer stating, “Showcasing Indian pop music at a global level has been a long-running dream of mine, and I can’t wait to work towards fulfilling it,” as per a report by Music Business Worldwide.
Featured image: Courtesy Armaan Malik; Hero image: Courtesy Ed Sheeran