Singer-songwriter James Blunt has quipped that he brought Ed Sheeran on board for his latest album The Afterlove only because he is cheap.
The album features two songs with Sheeran.
"He's cheaper than anyone else, he produces and did backing vocals. I need to work with other composers or I write the same four chords over and over again," Blunt told The Daily Star.
Sheeran has produced and sings on autobiographical track Make Me Better.
Blunt said: "It was brilliant working with him. After my first album, I kind of closed down a little bit. But he said to me: ‘Come on, it's your job as a songwriter to open up.'
"He forced me into a corner. The result is something I was uncomfortable with but glad for because it's magical."
Another song Time Of Our Lives, which they co-wrote, is about Blunt's wedding day.