The reworked version of ‘Shivers’ opens with a brand-new verse, in both Korean and English, from Sunmi: “I wanna be that girl / I wanna kiss your eyes / I wanna drink that smile / I wanna feel like I / Like my soul’s on fire.”
Meanwhile, the second verse is replaced by a rap from Jessi: “All on my own, tryna move on / Never thought I’d be you and me / Tagging along, singing this song / Drunk in love, like it’s Hennesy”.
Sunmi and Jessi later come together for the bridge and also contribute ad libs to the song’s final chorus.
Warner Music Korea had also previously released behind-the-scenes footage as a teaser for the single earlier this week, including scenes of both Sunmi and Jessi in the studio working on and recording their verses together.
The ‘Shivers’ remix was first announced last week, alongside a brief snippet of the song shared by Sunmi. The original version of the song was first released in September as the second single from Ed Sheeran’s ‘=’ album, following smash hit ‘Bad Habits’.
Jessi is a Korean-American rapper, whose most recent release was the single ‘Cold Blooded’, in collaboration with the Mnet reality dance competition programme Street Woman Fighter. Throughout her nearly decade-long career, she’s had multiple hit singles such as ‘Nunu Nana’ and ‘What Type Of X’.
Meanwhile, Sunmi dropped her latest mini-album ‘1/6’ in August, featuring the title track ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ alongside five other B-side tracks. She first made her debut in 2007 with veteran girl group Wonder Girls, and has since pursued a solo career with hits such as ‘Gashina’ and ‘Tail’ to her name.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘=’ had topped charts in over 20 countries worldwide, for which he had recently taken home two awards at the 2021 MTV EMAs earlier this week, in the Best Artist and Best Song (for ‘Bad Habits’) categories.
The British singer-songwriter will also be performing at this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards as the awards show’s global artist representative of the year. It was also announced that Sheeran would be preparing a “new version” of his chart-topping single, ‘Bad Habits’, to be performed exclusively for the award ceremony.