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Ed Sheeran loves a bit of Korn and Marilyn Manson... who'd have thought it?

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He’s appeared on a spoof Jimmy Kimmel sketch playing acoustic versions of Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills and Limp Bizkit’s Break Stuff, but it turns out Ed Sheeran actually likes a bit of metal.

The pop star was at Marilyn Manson’s show in Nashville earlier this week – and as if that wasn’t enough, the singer/songwriter got to hang out backstage with Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch following the performance.

Welch uploaded a picture of the pair to his Instagram account, saying: “Of course Ed Sheeran would walk right past me and Munky at the Marilyn Manson concert and tell us he just listened to Freak On A Leash earlier today.

“Why should we be surprised.”

So there you have it. One of the world’s biggest mainstream solo artists really does like music with a harder edge. Maybe he’ll ditch the acoustic guitar for something a bit more substantial on his next album.

Back in February, Asking Alexandria performed an acoustic cover of Sheeran's track Perfect.

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN.