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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran says new album takes him 'outside comfort zone'

Published on May 29, 2014 6:58 AM
Singer Ed Sheeran performs at the 2014 Wango Tango concert at StubHub Center in Carson, California on May 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has his share of admirers, among them superstar Elton John, and the 23-year-old is hoping to expand his growing US fan base with his new album entitled simply "x".

The first single from the album, Sing, produced and co-written by multiple Grammy winner and hit-maker Pharrell Williams, is a step away from Sheeran's laid-back acoustic sound and he hopes it will provide further proof of his versatility. "Sing was a song that I did with Pharrell Williams and it was a very random studio session where he was forcing me to try new things and really pushing me outside my comfort zone and we just ended up with that song," Sheeran told Reuters in an interview that was embargoed for release this week. "I think he knew how special it was and I needed a lot of convincing and I'm glad he convinced me," he said.

The album "x" (read as "multiply") follows Sheeran's 2011 debut "+" ("plus") which went 22 times platinum worldwide and was the highest selling debut for a male British solo artist in the United States.

That made Sheeran the biggest selling British artist since 2011.

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