Bryan Adams's new single Shine A Light - co-written with Ed Sheeran - has received its first play on BBC Radio 2.
"I met Ed in Dublin this year at one of his shows and we kept in touch, " says the veteran Canadian rocker. "One day I sent him a chorus I had for a song idea I had called Shine A Light and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on it.
"I got a couple of verses back a few days later, and man you should hear him sing it!"
The new album, Adams' 14th - also called Shine a Light - is due on March 1. "I’m thrilled to be releasing this new 12-track studio album, which has a good blend of rock and pop and R&B," says the singer. The collection includes a duet with Jennifer Lopez on That’s How Strong Our Love Is.
"Working with Jennifer was a dream, our voices sound amazing together," says Adams.
To coincide with the new album release, the charismatic rocker's world tour begins in Belfast on February 25.