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NEW MUSIC: ED SHEERAN | 2STEP (FEAT. ANTYTILA)

Ed Sheeran has teamed up with the Ukrainian band Antytila to release a reworked version of “2step”. Antytila’s band members have been fighting in their country following the Russian invasion. They shared a video to Sheeran in March asking to play a two-hour benefit show for Ukraine taking place in Birmingham, U.K. Organizers refused, explaining that the event had to avoid association with the military and instead focus on the humanitarian situation. However, Sheeran has since reached out to the band and created a powerful music video with their help. Any royalties earned from streams of the YouTube video will be donated to Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraising project created by the Ukrainian Association of Music Events to provide immediate humanitarian help to those immediately in need in Ukraine. Sheeran said of the music video originally being filmed in Kyiv, according to NME: “I filmed the video for ‘2step’ in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, before the devastating acts of violence started to take place. It was my first time visiting the country, and I felt so welcomed during my stay there – everyone from the production crew to the many people I met across my days off. Ukraine is a proud and resilient country, and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there. I stand with Ukraine and will be donating my record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” he added. According to a press release, Sheeran will be teaming up with a host of artists from across the globe for further remix versions of "2step."