Ed Sheeran has revealed that he is getting advice from Sir Elton John about how to break the US market.

The 20-year-old singer whose YouTube videos have been viewed 63 million times admits that he was shocked to receive a call from the Rocket Man hitmaker, who is now offering him words of wisdom about where to take his career.

Speaking to Live magazine he said: "I was in a car coming back from the studio and I got a call, 'Hi, it's Elton.' It was just mad, because I grew up listening to his music.

Ed Sheeran has revealed that he is getting advice from Sir Elton John about how to break the US market

"He buys every single release and knows about everyone. He was telling me how fantastic he thinks Dot Rotten is and how Devlin is such a fine lyricist. I couldn't believe it.

"Elton has done it all, he's been there, done that and got the t-shirt. He advises me on which single to release next and how the album should play. Now he's giving me advice on how to break America, which is amazing, as he's someone who knows what it is to break America."

However, he admits his unique look and sound has not always made it easy for him.

Sheeran further pitched in: "It was a hard sell for the major labels. Here's a ginger kid who raps with a guitar. That's not a good start."