Katie Melua has two impressive credits in her CV. One: she’s the biggest-selling female artist in Britain. Two: she performed the world’s deepest underwater concert.

On Monday, Melua and her five-piece band played two gigs for workers on a gas rig nearly 1,000 feet below sea level, an event Melua called “surreal.” The concert was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Statoil — a Norwegian petroleum company — and was filmed for broadcast on Norwegian TV. In addition to British pop singers, other recent deep-water discoveries include 10 new species of corals and a “treasure trove” of other new marine species.

The concert took place just hours before the re-release of Disney’s The Little Mermaid — a popular film featuring marine life jamming on the ocean floor. Coincidence? I think so.

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