Ed Sheeran says he “definitely” has a song that’s better than ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
The 26-year-old musician is due to release his third album ‘÷’ on Friday (03.02.17), and has said there was “no worry” of having to live up to the expectations of his previous album ‘x’ – specifically the heart-warming hit single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – as he’s convinced his as yet unreleased track ‘Perfect’ is even better.
He said: “I felt that with the first album. I remember thinking I would never write a song as good as ‘A Team’. And then ‘Thinking Out Loud’ came, and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, well maybe it’s not impossible.’
“So going into this album, there was no worry at all because I knew I’d done it before. It’s not like Thinking Out Loud will be the peak of my career. It’s definitely happened on this album. There’s definitely one that’s better.”
And the ‘Shape of You’ hitmaker – who wrote ‘Thinking Out Loud’ with the help of folk singer Amy Wadge – was determined to write more songs completely on his own, as he wanted just his name on the credits of his next big hit.
He added to BBC News Online: “If I had another song as big as that, I wanted it to just say my name on the credits. So I did a lot of solo writing, and that was one of the things that came out of it.
“I had in my mind what sound should be on what song, and which subject matter would be on which song – so I’d write 10 songs for that [idea].
“So there’s six or seven songs about Suffolk, but ‘Castle On The Hill’ was the best one. And then there was a bunch of wedding songs, I guess, and ‘Perfect’ was the best one.”