When it comes to industry-bending questions and all things record sales, Ed Sheeran has answers. To anyone who made fun of Ed once in school for being a “ginger,” he’s got one thing to say to you in the March GQ. “I was definitely considered unattractive when I was younger, but now I’m on the f%^&ing cover of GQ!”
On his goals as a musician and wanting to beat Adele:
“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years. She’s the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big … feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short. I’m not in competition because we all sit in our own lanes, but once the creative product is out there is a race to the finish line.”
On close friend Taylor Swift on rising to gigantic fame:
“There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far. She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F**k you. I can.'”
And on scoring a number one album?
“There are a lot of singer-songwriters around now. I’m not the first but there are more than before. I’m very happy for everyone to be in the same race as me, even if they copy every single thing I’ve done. In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I just know I’m going to win. I’m going to make sure I come first.”
Kind of cocky, or kind of confident? For more, head over to GQ.