After a year-long hiatus, Ed Sheeran is back with a brand new album called ÷, but did you know some of the tracks were recorded aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2?
The 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Suffolk, told Scott Mills and Chris Stark during the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, that some of the songs were recorded in a makeshift studio aboard Queen Mary 2, during a transatlantic voyage from New York to Southampton.
“I got the Queen Mary 2 boat over and built a studio in that because Benny (Benny Blanco), who made the album, refuses to fly, so we got a boat over,” he explained during the radio show.
However, it seems Sheeran was not prepared for Cunard’s strict formal wear policy in the restaurants, revealing: “We weren’t allowed to eat, because you have to have a suit.”
“And my biggest market in the world is the Philippines and every staff member on the boat was Filipino so I just had a wave of people come to my room every five minutes asking for selfies, so I spent my whole time taking pictures with Filipino people.”
The studio was dismantled upon arrival in Southampton.
“We built one that you could break down easily. I think it was in the freezer room, where the kitchens are.”
Clearly Ed Sheeran hasn’t read our feature on the differences between a boat, ship, ferry, and liner.