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Saturday 16 December 2017

Sheeran told off over 1D songs

Ed Sheeran was told off for writing songs for One Direction
Ed Sheeran was told off for writing songs for One Direction

Ed Sheeran has revealed how writing hit songs for One Direction got him in trouble with his record label.

The chart-topping singer, who penned Moments and Little Things for the X Factor boyband, admitted he defied Atlantic Records, who had been "annoyed" that his best-performing song had been recorded by someone else.

He told Australian radio station Nova's Kent 'Smallzy' Small: "I wasn't gonna do it... Basically, my record label got very annoyed that my first Number One was a song that I gave to someone else, and they were kind of like 'Don't do it'."

Ed said he initially turned down a request from Simon Cowell to write a track for the group's forthcoming album, Four, after hearing his label's complaints, but changed his mind when inspiration struck him in Copenhagen.

"I just got an idea and I went in the shower room, where it's big and reverberative, and wrote it. I was like, 'That sounds like a song that would be perfect for them', and sent it across," he said.

"It's one of these songs that I wouldn't have used for myself; it was written specifically for them," the 23-year-old star added.

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