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By Amanda Wicks

Out of the last four albums One Direction released, Ed Sheeran’s songwriting has appeared on three of them. Not only did he write “Moments” on the boy band’s first album Up All Night, but he followed that up with “Over Again” and “Little Things” on Take Me Home, and “18” on FOUR.

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Even without Zayn Malik, One Direction is plugging ahead musically, preparing to release their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M. later this year. Sheeran spoke with MTV and shared that he didn’t pen any songs for the new album, nor will he be writing for the band in the future.

“They’ve gotten to a point where they know how to write songs,” he said. “Harry was 16 when I first met him, but now he’s 21 and has written with everyone in the world and learned how to write songs, so they don’t really need as much help anymore. They can kind of do their own thing” (via MTV).

Interestingly, when Sheeran wrote “18,” he didn’t purposely write it for One Direction, but after it all came together he thought the song belonged to the band. “I was in Denmark and I wrote it in my hotel bathroom and I was like, ’This sounds like a One Direction song,” he said. “And I emailed it to them, and they were like, ’I really like it,’ so it wasn’t even me having to write a song. It was just like, I’ll see what they think.”

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