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Pharrell persuaded Sheeran to Sing

Ed Sheeran has admitted he didn't think his number one single Sing would work to begin with, but was convinced to release it by Pharrell Williams.

The pair worked together on the song and Ed said he had no idea at first that it would be a hit, to the point that he almost dismissed it as a single.

Asked whether he knew it would be successful, he told Heat: "Not at all. We did three songs with Pharrell. I was like, 'Oh, that's probably a bit experimental.' But I think it works."

Talking about whether there were any songs for new album x that he thought wouldn't work, Ed replied: "Sing. It took Pharrell discarding it, then 10 minutes later, me absent mindedly playing the riff for the song, and him looking at me like, 'Look, it's catchy enough that you're already playing the riff after only listening to it once.'"

Ed also revealed he had had some advice from Goldie on what to invest his fortune in.

He said: "I've been in touch with [Goldie] since 2009 and the week my first album came out, he called. He's a very, very elusive character and he rung me out of the blue and he's like, 'You bought a house yet?' And I said, 'No.' And he was like, 'Buy a house.' And I was like, 'OK'."

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