Ed Sheeran Has Over Two Dozen Tracks Recorded for Sophomore Album
Ed Sheeran’s 2011 debut album, simply called +, performed well on both sides of the Atlantic. It went as high as No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and additionally topped the U.K. chart. Additionally, the singer/songwriter found success penning tracks for One Direction and reportedly worked with the boy band on their sophomore release.
To follow up his success, Sheeran has been recording tracks for a sophomore album and now has close to 30. But, if you’re thinking he’ll drop a new album this year, Sheeran, currently on tour until the fall, plans to schedule the still-untitled release for next year. In talking about the songwriting and recording process, Sheeran said in a statement: "I've done a fair bit. I've written 26 songs for the next album. It'll be released in early 2014, at the earliest. I want to have a couple of months off at the end of the year. This tour is so long."
Expected to be on the road until September, Sheeran is scheduled to hit the U.S. Band Rizzle Kicks supporting him for this leg.
As far as working with One Direction is concerned, Sheeran steered the boy band into folkier, more experimental territory. Their latest single, “Little Things,” is one of the tracks Sheeran wrote for Take Me Home. Aside from working with the former X Factor contestants, Sheeran was rumored to be collaborating with Jessie J for her sophomore release, a follow-up to 2011’s Who You Are.