Kylie Minogue is set to feature as a collaborator on a track for Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album.
The pair performed together earlier this year at the memorial service for Australian music mogul Michael Gudinski.
And now Ed, 30, revealed he has invited Kylie, 53, to add her vocals to the song Visiting Hours on his new album.
Visiting Hours: Kylie Minogue is to feature as vocalist in one of Ed Sheeran’s songs on his upcoming album (pictured performing in March at Michael Gudinski’s funeral in Melbourne)
A source told The Sun: ‘He wrote Visiting Hours in quarantine in Australia, performed it at the gig and asked Kylie to feature on it as she was there too, with the pair having hit it off.
‘The song was a dedication to Michael and Kylie felt it right to put her vocals on the track. It was a fitting tribute to the music legend and she was flattered to be asked by Ed.’
It isn’t just the Queen of Pop who will feature on the song though, with Ed also having invited Australian singer Jimmy Barnes to add his vocals to the track.
Speaking on Ash London Live, The A-Team hitmaker Ed said: ‘When I was in Australia, I sang with Kylie and I was hanging with Jimmy Barnes and I said to them, “You guys have to be on the song”.
Guest vocalists: It isn’t just the Queen of Pop who will feature on the song though, with Ed also having invited Australian singer Jimmy Barnes to add his vocals to the track (pictured in the video for Bad Habits)
‘So I got back to England, I recorded it and sent it off to them and they’re on it.’
MailOnline has approached representatives of Ed Sheeran and Kylie Minogue for comment.
Back in March, Kylie and Ed teamed up to deliver a touching performance as they joined a slew of stars for Michael Gudinski’s state memorial in Melbourne.
During the memorial Ed broke down in tears as he remembered his close friendship with Michael, and delivered a fitting tribute with an emotional song about his own daughter Lyra.
Ed became visibly emotional as he sang new song Visiting Hours at the Rod Laver Arena – stopping, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone.
Duet: The pair performed together earlier this year at the memorial service for Australian music mogul Michael Gudinski
The A-Team hitmaker told the audience before his set: ‘I never get this nervous, I’m really f*****g nervous. So apologies if I mess up the lyrics or anything.’
The star revealed he had penned the song in quarantine.
He said: ‘So I’m extremely, extremely grateful to be here. I know it’s a difficult thing to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here and I really, really just appreciated the opportunity to get here.
‘In lockdown I was able to have a guitar for quarantine I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news, bad news and here’s a song I finished last week.’
Brave: The British singer was visibly emotional as he sang new song Visiting Hours at the Rod Laver Arena – stopping, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone
Visiting Hours is said to be about Ed’s late grandfather Bill, who died in 2013 – and asking for advice on raising his and wife Cherry Seaborn’s baby girl Lyra, who was born in August.
After an emotional ceremony, Kylie took to the stage to pay tribute to the man who launched her music career with a rendition of her hit The Loco-motion.
‘So, Michael – The Big G – took this little scrawny girl from Melbourne to the world and back home again,’ she said, struggling to contain her emotions.
Added the pint-sized pop star of her former mentor: ‘He made me feel 100 feet tall.’
Double act: Kylie called Ed back to the stage to duet with her, with the pair then breaking out in a performance of her hit single All the Lovers
Kylie said Gudinski ‘believed in you when you couldn’t believe in yourself’, but said she couldn’t perform by herself.
She then called Ed, who had performed earlier, back to the stage to duet with her with the pair then breaking out in a performance of her hit single All the Lovers.
‘So Michael had long talked about his love for Ed and how we should meet, and now we finally have met properly,’ she explained, and added that Gudinski would be ‘beaming right now,’ as he and Ed launched into the duet.
After performing the stirring ballad, they then put on a rousing rendition of Kylie’s 1987 hit The Loco-Motion, which kick-started her music career.
‘Ed was not even a glint in his mother’s eye and yet he managed to learn this song for tonight,’ she said of the classic, originally recorded by Little Eva.
The Shape of You singer said it hadn’t been a problem learning the song for the memorial, because he had loved it from a young age.
Afterwards, Kylie and Ed shared a hug onstage as the audience applauded and cheered their history-making performance.
Making an appearance: A source said: ‘He wrote Visiting Hours in quarantine in Australia, performed it at the gig and asked Kylie to feature on it as she was there too, with the pair having hit it off’ (Kylie pictured in 2020)