“The Thinking Out Loud” singer has pumped out so many hit singles for both himself and other superstars, he’s actually begun to lose track. Ed Sheeran explained how the whole situation arose, admitting he had no idea what song Diplo was referring to when the Jack U and Major Lazer producer originally asked if he could use the vocals:
“Cold Water’ was a weird one because I didn’t even know that song existed,” he explained. “It was a song I must’ve half-written somewhere at a time where I was writing a lot of songs and I did it at Benny Blanco’s house and then I got an email from Diplo just being like, ‘Yo! That ‘Cold Water’ song is dope! Can I have it?’ And I was like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’ so I just didn’t reply. And then he emailed and was like, “Yo, Justin [Bieber] wants to hop on the ‘Cold Water’ song. Is that cool?’ And I’m just like, ‘What are you talking about?’… And then the song came out and it was number one and I was like ‘Oh, that song!’ I remember doing it, but it was really, really slow. I remember hearing it and being like ‘That kind of sounds like me. Oh wait, it was me.”
Check out the entire interview below — the good stuff starts around 4:15.