Ed Sheeran credits Taylor Swift with his ability to sells records in the US.
Although the singer definitely shouldn’t sell himself short — after all, he has penned a number of fantastic songs — Sheeran believes he wouldn’t have nearly as much success in the United States without a little help from the country music star. In his humble opinion, Swift helped introduce him to an entirely new audience.
According to the Mirror, Ed Sheeran recently opened up about his adoration for Taylor and the help he received from her not too long ago. Were it not for Swift, Sheeran believes it may have taken him quite a while longer to make a musical splash in the US pop scene.
“She owns the US pop scene. She knows how to do it. In England I was a commercially successful artist, but coming into the US as an alternative artist playing shows with Snow Patrol. She not only opened the door into the pop world but showed me how to do it,” Sheeran explained.
During his chat with DJ Zane Lowe, the acclaimed singer-songwriter also touched on the music he used to spin in his younger days. Although his style might suggest he spent a lot of time listening to the likes of R.E.M. or Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sheeran revealed that his taste leaned towards the harder side of the alternative scene.
“In primary school I had Slipknot records and Limp Bizkit, Soil, Tool, I was like proper ‘Kerrang!’ kid. Then as soon as I got to secondary school, my record collection started off with Guns N’ Roses and then I bought Justified in 2002 and everyone thought I was bit odd for that,” Sheeran said.
If all this info has you craving more personal details about Ed Sheeran’s life, then you might want to check out the upcoming MTV documentary Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran. The one-off special should give you plenty of info to obsess over until Sheeran officially drops his sophomore album X (aka Multiply)
In case you’re wondering, Taylor Swift approves of the new songs he’s put together. “Whenever I finished a song, I’d send it to her to get her opinion. She’s heard all the songs and she’s a good judge of what’s good or not good,” he told MTV News last year.
Ed Sheeran fans can pick up his new album on June 23. Are you surprised that the singer received so much help from Taylor Swift?
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