Ed Sheeran interview: ‘I don’t make music for critics’

Ed Sheeran, who has topped Radio 1Xtra's power list, on breaking America, love triangles, and why Benedict Cumberbatch won't dance for him.

In a room at RAK studios –the famous northwest London hit factory founded by Seventies producer/writer Mickey Most – Ed Sheeran is unveiling his new album. It is late March and the singer-songwriter has, after some stops and starts and revisions, just completed the record he has titled x.

First, though, the head of his record label takes to the small stage to fluff up the small gathering of music industry and media figures. Without further ado, on bounds Sheeran. He’s as Tigger-ish cheerful as his reputation suggests. But he’s clearly a little apprehensive  ............