South African singer-songwriter Jeremy Loops has released his first new single of 2022, “Better Together,” a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Alongside the new song, Loops also announced his third studio album, Heard You Got Love, set for release on July 8 via Decca Records.
Loops and Sheeran originally met at an afterparty a few years ago, following the latter artist’s first stadium show in South Africa. They reunited to craft the motivational “Better Together” together, alongside Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, who co-wrote Sheeran’s 2017 smash hit, “Shape of You.”
“He said I was a better loop artist than he is,” Loops said of Sheeran, recalling his first meeting with the British singer-songwriter. “Very kind, but not true! But we are very similar artists, in many aspects of our jobs. We spent the night hanging out and talking shop, and he suggested we write together.”
“Better Together” provides a glimpse of Heard You Got Love, which, according to a press release, will be filled with head-bopping, summer-ready jams. Recorded in his home studio, the album found Loops working with a variety of talented producers, including Ed Holloway (Lewis Capaldi, Dean Lewis), Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith), and Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Florence + The Machine). Last year, Loops delivered the first taste of the record with “This Town,” featuring the legendary South African vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
“This is the album I’ve always wanted to make and my hope is that some of the things I’ve written about will mean as much to others as they do to me,” Loops said in a statement. “Every song speaks to something I care deeply about.”
In addition to his passion for music, Loops also devotes his time to a variety of environmental and charitable causes, including Greenpop – a tree-planting initiative which he co-founded, and The Big Food Drive, a food distribution network that he established during the pandemic, which provides 55,000 meals per week to communities in South Africa.
Loops’ activism also extends to his life as a touring artist, as he aims to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible, including as he looks ahead to a European/UK tour this fall. Scroll down to view dates, and find more information on Loops’ official website.
Jeremy Loops Tour Dates:
September 2 – Glasgow – Galvanisers
September 3 – Dublin – The Academy
September 6 – Manchester – 02 Ritz
September. 8 – Amsterdam – Melkweg Max
September 11 – Cologne – Live Music Hall
September 13 – Berlin – Metropol
September 15 – Prague – Lucerna
September 17 – Warsaw – Proxima
September 19 – Vienna – Gasometer
September 21 – Zurich – Volkshaus
September 22 – Lausanne – Les Docks
September 24 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
September 25 – Stuttgart – Longhorn
September 29 – Hamburg – Fabrik
September 30 – Leuven – Het Depot
October 1 – Paris – Le Trabendo
October 6 – London – Eventim Apollo