'Taylor Swift taught me' - Sheeran
6:18pm Thursday 29th May 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Ed Sheeran has revealed how Taylor Swift helped him break into America.
The Lego House crooner, 23, recalled how the I Knew You Were Trouble singer gave him some tips on cracking the US market, as he spoke to DJ Zane Lowe for an MTV Music documentary. The pair became friends after being tour-mates and even recorded a song together.
"It's been great. (I) learned a lot. She owns the US pop scene. She knows how to do it," he said.
"In England I was a commercially successful artist, but coming into the US as an alternative artist playing shows with Snow Patrol, she not only opened the door into the pop world but showed me how to do it."
Ed also discussed their collaboration on the single, Everything Has Changed, which got to number seven in the UK charts, on the show, Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain.
"I did a session in a Phoenix hotel room, then flew to LA to record it. Brought in an idea for a song, then we finished it," he continued.
"Next time, I went to her house and she cooked an apple pie. She cooks really good shit, man. Then she gets out this little Taylor guitar and she's like I've had this idea for this song..."
The carrot-topped crooner also admitted he was teased for his taste in music when he was growing up.
"In primary school I had Slipknot records and Limp Bizkit, Soil, Tool, I was like proper 'Kerrang!' kid. Then as soon as I got to secondary school, my record collection started off with Guns N' Roses and then I bought Justified in 2002 and everyone thought I was bit odd for that," he said.
"All the girls loved (Justin) Timberlake but if you're a guy and someone's just come out of *NSync when you're 11..."
Kasabian, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nas will feature in the seven-part TV series, Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain, which airs on MTV Music from July 6 at 9.30pm.