Ed Sheeran: ‘Jay Z called me an alien and I’ve never heard a Radiohead album’

Singer talks new music, Taylor Swift and more in Billboard interview

Ed Sheeran has spoken about his next album in a new interview, claiming that Jay-Z called him an “alien” after he heard a song from it.

The singer-songwriter released his second album ‘x’ in June 2014, confirming to Billboard that he’s already started work on its follow-up.

Sheeran described how he played a track likely to appear on the release to Jay Z and Beyonce at their home in New York after playing the Global Citizen Festival in September.

“[Jay] made me play it four times in a row and called me an alien,” Sheeran said. “That was promising.”

Speaking about his upcoming third album, Sheeran described it as his “little baby”, adding: “Normally I don’t care much about what people think of my music. If you love it, awesome; if you don’t, go and listen to something else. But this time is different. This project is a lot more dear to me. I’m nervous about how it’s going to be received.”

Sheeran also spoke during the interview about being a member of Taylor Swift‘s “squad” (“It’s not a vaginas-only club”) and having never listened to a [a]Radiohead[a] album.

Read the full interview at Billboard.

Sheeran hosted the MTV EMAs last Sunday, winning two awards and performing live. He won the awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage. Watch Sheeran performing ‘Lay It On Me’ with Rudimental here.