Ed Sheeran claims One Direction’s third album has been completed.
The 22-year-old British singer-and-songwriter made the surprise revelation whilst discussing his previous contributions to the boy band’s music.
Ed penned tunes for the One Direction’s second album Take Me Home.
He declined to make new tracks for the group’s third record.
"I haven't done any songs on this one,” Ed told MTV News. “I've actually kind of cut myself from giving any people songs at the moment, because I want to make my album. I was approached, and it wasn't so much a 'No,' it was just a 'I want to write tunes for myself at the moment.’
"Once my album's done, then we'll see. But their album is already finished."
One Direction were said to be in the studio working on their album for a Christmas release date. Apparently they used the same songwriting and production teams from both their previous LPs.
However, a spokesperson for their record label appeared to dismiss Ed’s claim, saying the boys are “still very much working on their new album”.
There is still no release date for the upcoming record.
One Direction will again be teaming up with McFly's Tom Fletcher and producer Julian Bunetta on the disc.
“[We were] hanging out, working on a few new things," the producer told MTV last month about the studio sessions. "Obviously, we're working on new music, but they didn't say what the new music is for. It might be for nothing. It might only be for my ears…or it might be something that gets put out for the world to hear."
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