In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Thinking Out Loud" singer Ed Sheeran opened up about his newfound fame and exactly where he wants to go next. His answer reflects his gal pal numero uno Taylor Swift: the Brit wants to surpass her in fame.
Peep the excerpt below:
You have recently sold out three nights at Wembley Stadium, which is pretty incredible. What does that mean to you?
I did it for the same reason that I put on the Madison Square Garden shows — because no one thought I could do them. It’s a strategic thing. So on the next album, I can come back and I’m a serious contender. Because I’m not necessarily a star. I don’t get the benefit of the doubt from TV shows or radio stations because they see someone like Lady Gaga come in and be like, “Oh, we’ll give her everything.” I was on a TV show in England where Lady Gaga was being interviewed and I was playing the music. She suddenly decided she wanted to play a song so the TV show booted me off for the next week. That wasn’t even that long ago. So I feel like there’s a misconception of me as an artist, that I’m not that successful. So I wanted to tell the world, “Actually, here’s three Wembley Stadium gigs that sold out, I’ll see you on the next album.” I want to bow out on this album as big as it gets.
Is there a level that you feel that if you get to, then you’ll be satisfied?
At the moment, Taylor [Swift] is a benchmark in America and a lot of other countries. In America, I want to catch up with her.
If you surpassed her in sales, would she be like, “Good for you,” or “Arg!”
I think it would take a lot more work because she’s obviously been going about 10 years more than me. If I passed her, I think she’d then get more competitive and do more stuff. I think it would only be healthy. Like her surpassing me in sales in the U.S., that’s healthy for me because I now want to get up to that point.
There you have it, folks. Do you think Sheeran could ever surpass Taylor in fame? Tell us in the comments!