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Ed SheeranCastle On The Hill & Shape Of You feat. Stormzy [Live from the Brit Awards 2017]

Liam Payne turns to ginger hitmaker Ed Sheeran to help launch solo career

The track, which is being kept under lock and key ahead of its imminent release, is a co-write between the pop pair, who last worked together on the song 18 from 1D’s 2014 album Four.

Liam has recruited Brit superstar ED SHEERAN to mastermind his debut single.

It’s a huge sign of intent that Liam is serious about ­becoming the UK’s next big male megastar — just like Ed himself.

An insider revealed: “Liam and Ed have been friends for years, ever since Ed first wrote for One Direction on their debut album.

“The collaboration actually came about very quickly ­earlier this year.

“Liam was in Los Angeles and was told that Ed was beginning to write a song with Liam in mind.

“Liam rushed back to the UK and the pair of them wrote the track together and then recorded it.

“With Ed’s expertise in creating a hit Liam knows they can’t go wrong. They have produced something special together.

“Having Ed on board is a clever move too, as it means he will reach music fans beyond just 1D obsessives.”

Ed was a close associate of One Direction throughout their four years in the charts, writing five songs for them including hit single Little Things.

But Liam, who will be teasing his new material on his Facebook page tomorrow, is the only member of 1D who has managed to secure the coup of Ed as a songwriter for solo material.

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