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Ed Sheeran Wanted To Record A Male Version Of 'Lady Marmalade'

Ed Sheeran has revealed that he nearly surprised us all with a cover of the iconic "Lady Marmalade".

The song was first performed in the '70s by girl group Labelle -- a trio fronted by none other than diva Patti Labelle.

It's also been nailed by British group All Saints, and then flawlessly taken on by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott for the 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack in 2001.

But the lyrics "voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir?)" have always been sung by a group of women, something Sheeran very nearly changed.

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In an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, the musician said that his new record -- 'No. 6 Collaborations Project' -- almost included a version of the track with an all-male lineup.

"This project actually started with one idea I had which was -- you remember 'Lady Marmalade,' right?" he asked.

"This is such a silly idea. I had an idea of doing that. Like you could get Bruno [Mars], [Justin] Bieber and me on a record. How fun would that be?"

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He went on to say he called up Bruno and Justin with his exciting plan -- but both pop stars seemed to have politely steered him away from the idea.

"The first person I rung was Bruno and he was just like, 'Let's just do a song together, just us,' and that's how it happened," he explained.

"So then I did a song with Bruno and I did a song with Bieber and these individual songs started happening and then it turned into a project. … It was a really good experience putting the record together."

It seems as though Sheeran made the right decision in ultimately canning his "silly idea" because "Lady Marmalade" fans have been outraged that the singer-songwriter even considered touching the sacred song.

Also, judging by this tweet from 2018, there's already a clear line in the sand between Team "Lady Marmalade" and Team Sheeran, so he really did dodge a bullet.

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