As these things go, his record label was "very annoyed" that One Direction had success with the Ed-penned "Little Things" and didn't want him to collaborate with the boy band again. Go figure.
The singer/songwriter recently told Nova FM (via Press Party) that the song he wrote on 1D's upcoming album Four almost didn't happen: "I wasn't going to do it again because my record label got very annoyed that my first number one was a song I gave to somebody else and they were like, 'Don't do it.'"
It all worked out though, as Ed explained how he came to write the song: "But I did Britain's Got Talent and Simon Cowell...mentioned it...and then the next day I was in Copenhagen and I just got an idea and I went in the shower room, where it's big and reverberative and wrote it and I was like, 'That sounds like a song that would be perfect for them', and sent it across. It's one of these songs that I wouldn't have used for myself; it was written specifically for them."
We can't wait to hear it. Four comes out on November 17.
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