March 7, 2017


Ed Sheeran Is Masterminding a 'Superpop' Boy Band

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Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ed Sheeran's on the cover of Rolling Stone to commemorate the release of his third album, Divide. There's lots of booze, and lots of looking toward the future. One endeavor the 26-year-old Englishman is talking up is his very own boy band.

Sheeran is auditioning young men for the unique prospect. "Superpop, but obviously credible," he says of the tone. "I'm gonna put three or four boys together and do all the songs, take them on the stadium tour with me." Sheeran has already written a variety of tunes, which he calls "really, really decent."

Since as far back as 2011, Sheeran has written for One DirectionTaylor SwiftJustin Bieber and more. And if people don't respect his boy band idea, well...screw 'em:

Peggy Sirota for Rolling Stone
Peggy Sirota for Rolling Stone

"I could give a fuck about what people think. Anytime anyone has a problem with me, I'm just like, 'My heroes like me. The people I started music for are fans of my music. So why the fuck would I care about what anyone else thinks?'"

To that point, Taylor Swift happily tells the writer, "He is the James Taylor to my Carole King and I can't imagine a time when he wouldn't be." (Btw, the mag says Sheeran dreams of doing a co-headlining stadium tour with Swift, one where their sets are intertwined a la Jay Z's runs with Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.)

Sheeran's Rolling Stone profile also reveals he wants to make an indie musical with his own songs. "I want to have one in my career," he says; 2007's Once, starring Ireland's Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season), won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Watch a classic Sheeran x Fuse interview: