British singer Ed Sheeran recently shared his thoughts on fellow musicians who claim they are in the industry solely for passion rather than success.

During an appearance on a recent episode of “Therapuss With Jake Shane,” the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ artist expressed his skepticism about such claims. Sheeran argued that if these artists genuinely didn’t care about success, they wouldn’t release their music commercially or sign with record labels. He asserted that all artists aspire to be successful and famous, noting that those who claim otherwise do so because “it sounds cool.”

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Sheeran elaborated that anyone in the pop scene “definitely cares” about success. He said: “I don’t believe any artist that says they don’t, otherwise, you wouldn’t release music because you’d be like, ‘If I don’t care what people think, then why would I even put it out?’ You’d just sort of make the music and be like, ‘Well, that’s made me feel good.’

“All artists, we want to be loved. That’s why we are on stage. And that’s why you sign to a record company, to go, ‘I would like people to hear the music that I’m making.’ I don’t subscribe to this whole, like, not caring thing. That’s all a kind of ruse because it sounds cool to say but every artist wants people to like their music.

“It pisses me off when people are like, ‘Oh I don’t care how it does.’ I’m like, ‘F*cking shut up! You do! Everyone does.’ Anyone in the pop game cares.”