Anne-Marie recently dropped a cute and colorful animated lyric video for her latest single “2002” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran. In the infectiously sweet and incredibly romantic track, Anne-Marie sings about childhood summer love born over 15 years ago in “2002.” She recalls “the day you kissed my lips/light as a feather” and “acting like grown-ups/like we are in the present” as she sings about her young love that seems to have transcended time.
“2002” is a promotional single from Anne-Marie’s upcoming debut studio album, Speak Your Mind, which is slated for release on April 27. The lyrics are filled with references to late ‘90s/early 2000s chart-topping songs from huge pop stars of the time. She morphs titles to tracks she sang with childhood friends like JAY-Z’s “99 Problems,” *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” and Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and more in the chorus. The British native songstress sings, “Oops I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye/ Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me/ Better hit me, baby, one more time.”
The blissfully nostalgic song is thematically reminiscent of Sheeran’s chart-topping ballad, “Perfect,” which he wrote for his high-school-sweetheart-turned-fiancée Cherry Seaborn, as the lyrics state “We were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was …” He released several beautiful versions of the song including a duet with Beyoncé and an orchestral version (in which Sheeran sings in Italian) with Andrea Bocelli.
In “2002,” Anne-Marie and her love met at a young age and the aforementioned hit pop singles were playing on the day they fell in love. “2002” follows Speak Your Mind’s fifth official single called “Friends” which is a collaboration with Marshmello that dropped in February and became Anne-Marie’s first Billboard Hot 100 entry.
Anne-Marie and Sheeran previously teamed up to cover Celtic Christmas hit “Fairytale Of New York” during a BBC Live Lounge performance last December. She’s appearing as a special guest, along with Jamie Lawson at several Ed Sheeran 2018 stadium tour dates including four shows at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK on May 24, May 25, May 26, and May 27. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS). Watch the entire Anne-Marie "2002" lyric video above and stream the single on Spotify.