|Ed Sheeran and MTV News' James Montgomery|
In recent months, Ed Sheeran has turned down plenty of work — sorry, One Direction — for reasons that he jokingly describes as "incredibly selfish:" Namely, he's saving his best songs for his new album. Though, from the sound of things, there's plenty of material to go around.
"I'm actually writing very specific songs to genres at the moment; I've got a whole album of one genre and enough to make another of another genre," he told MTV News. "I want to release all of it now, but obviously you have to stagger things a little bit. But it's been good; I've been writing more than I've ever written in my entire life. I've written a lot recently."
And though Sheeran has previously said that the follow-up to his breakout+ is "pretty much finished," he's having a difficult time explaining just how his new batch of songs sound ... though, it seems like his promise of making a "death metal" record may not be that far off base.
"It's probably closer to a hip-hop record to be honest, at the moment, but who knows, it might turn into a rap-metal record?" he joked. "I'll buy a Yankees hat and turn it backwards. [Wear some] cut-off shorts ... and find loads of kids that just want to beat each other up and do a show. I'll become Ed Durst."
So just when will we bet getting Sheeran's spiritual sequel to Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water? Well, it may be sooner than you'd think. And you might not even have to pay for it.
"It depends when I deliver it. If I deliver it to the label by the end of the year, it can come out early next year," he said. "And if I don't deliver it by the end of the year, then I don't know, I might just leak it. Put it on Limewire or something."