Stories

Ed Sheeran's Next Album Will Ditch His Pop Sound

The singer says his next tune will be a “lo-fi record” that he “f**cking loves”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage at A+E Networks "Shining A Light" concert at The Shrine Auditorium on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Ed Sheeran has opened up about plans for his next album, and it looks like he’s decided to go in a new musical direction.

Speaking on the first episode of George Ezra’s new podcast George Ezra and Friends, the ‘Shape Of You’ singer has revealed that he wants to mix things up a bit, whilst managing the the expectations of fans:

“The next record that I’m making is not a pop album. I feel like it’s dangerous to have a career that goes bigger and bigger, because at some point it’s gonna drop. If the next album does, like, 2 or 1 [million], or 500,000, it’s not a failure because I’ve made an album where I’m not trying to get there. No one’s going to be like, ‘that’s a flop’.” Ed revealed.

“The label hate that. The label really f***ing hate that. They want a big pop album again but I think that s**t’s dangerous.”

He continued: “The reason it’s not a pop album is people expect you to come and the next album they’re going to be like ‘it has to be bigger than ‘Shape of You’ and it has to sell more than this’, but if I control it and go ‘here’s a lo-fi record that I really f**ing love,’ my fans are gonna be like ‘Yay!’, and the pop world are gonna be like ‘oh well, maybe the next one.’”

Scroll down and click play to listen to the biggest tunes with our ‘Global Hits’ playlist:

 

Editors' Picks