Many musicians dream of getting to the level of Bruce Springsteen. Ed Sheeran is one of those guys. The young singer-songwriter recently unleashed his third album, and he already has an idea of what to do for his fourth album, and it has something to do with The Boss.

Sheeran thinks fans won’t dig his fourth album as much as his others, but that’s the whole point.

In an interview with Clash magazine, Sheeran said he has a five-album plan pattered off what Springsteen did in the early 1980s. Springsteen dropped the popular album The River in 1980, and then came back around and released the bare-bones, less popularNebraska in 1982. Then, Springsteen came back with his trademark release, 1984’s Born in the U.S.A..

Hence, Springsteen plans to follow up his massively popular third release÷ (Divide) with a less commercial album.

“I know people will like it, but I don’t think it will sell as much as the last three, and that’s the kind of intention,” he told Clash. 

Then, he thinks he’ll come back in a major way with a very successful fifth album.

On another topic, Sheeran said he is a big believer in doing lots of promotion surrounding releases.

“All the biggest artists I know still do (promo),” he said, using Taylor Swift as an example. "Whenever she releases an album, all stations in America get a signed plaque dedicated to them...and she will meet and greet them and remember all their names.”

He added, “...Some artists just don’ it at all...- and it still works for them. But eventually, when the day arrives that it doesn’t work, the radio will just stop playing them because there’s no loyalty or love there.”

Ed Sheeran