"At the moment, Taylor is a benchmark in America and a lot of other countries," he says. "In America, I want to catch up with her."
The "Photograph" singer
sees nothing wrong with a little healthy competition between the two, who've collaborated before on the song "Everything Has Changed."
"If I passed her, I think she'd then get more competitive and do more stuff," he muses. "I think it would only be healthy. Like her surpassing me in sales in the U.S., that's healthy for me because I now want to get up to that point."
Ed is clearly on his way, given the massive success of his hit "Thinking Out Loud," which he reveals his label actually didn't even want him to release as a single. Another hit from his last album, x
, is "Don't," which plenty of fans have assumed is about his ex Ellie Goulding hooking up with One Direction's Niall Horan
He says he has no regrets about the harshness of the lyrics.
"I had to be as honest as possible in that song because otherwise what's the f**king point?" he explains. "There'd be no anger or pain in that song if it was just very sweet and nice. The whole reason people connected to it was because everyone’s been that angry at one point, everyone's hated their partner or spouse like, 'Don't f**k with this.' For me, it needed to be done. It didn't necessarily have to go on the album, but it definitely needed to be written."
Ed also reveals that his song "Sing" is about another famous hookup!
"'Sing' was about someone the public may know," he surprisingly dishes. "But no one knows who it was. I kept that really secret. She's aware as well, because I met one of her mates and they were like, 'Oh, 'Sing' is about her, right?' There's a couple on the next album."