Top 12: Most anticipated musical collaborations – from Dua Lipa with Andrea Bocelli to Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

12 Lou Reed and Metallica – Lulu (2011) Alas, even when you combine two wildly successful artists to your liking, sometimes the results are completely wrong. The band Heavy Metal Metallica and urban troubadour Lou Reed felt they had a good match when they attended the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame together in 2009 and decided to have a full collaboration. As a result, the 2011 experimental album Lulu, was hailed by Reed as “something sexy” but hated by Metallica fans.


Metallica’s James Hetfield (L) and Lars Ulrich (R) with Lou Reed (C) attend a Lou Reed and Metallica “Lulu” listening party.

11 Andrea Bocelli and Dua Lipa – If Only (2018)
A skeptic might suggest that the Italian tenor was thinking ‘if only there was a way to make me look relevant to today’s music-consuming youth’ when he teamed up with Brit award winner Dua Lipa (and with Ed Sheeran and with Ellie Goulding) in recent years. But the result is a pretty classic crossover single and album, SItopped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

10 The Chieftains with Mick Jagger – Long Black Veil (1995)
In 1993, the Rolling Stones hired The Chieftains to throw a party and, as legend has it, Jagger’s appearance on their 1995 album (which also featured a host of other big names) was a way to return favors. The combination of Jagger’s distinctive vocals and the haunting uilleann passages on the iconic track is chilling. Jagger hailed Paddy Moloney as “‘the greatest uilleann on the planet’ when the musical great Paddy passed away last year.


Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. In 1993, the Rolling Stones hired The Chieftains to throw a party and, as the legend put it, Jagger’s appearance on their 1995 album was a way to return the favor.

9 Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue – Where Wild Roses Grow (1995)
It was Kylie’s boyfriend, the late Michael Hutchence, who brought the unlikely couple together. Head of Bad Seeds, Cave described the pop princess agreeing to do the song as “a miracle”. It became his most commercially successful single, but his foray into the mainstream made him uncomfortable, especially since Kylie’s song wasn’t his other work. . He said: “I am aware that people will go and buy A ballad about a killer album and listen to it and wonder, ‘What did I buy this for?’ “


Alternative musician Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds and pop princess Kylie Minogue

8 Kendrick Lamar and U2 – XXX (2017)
Bono doesn’t just appear on the rapper’s critically acclaimed album DAMNEDbut Lamar returned the favor by appearing in the band (somewhat less critically acclaimed). Song of experience. Bono’s hook didn’t show up until about halfway through XXX, but when it arrives, it works. Perhaps because, while the two artists differ in style, they sing the same page when it comes to their anger at the problems facing America.

7 Ozzy Osbourne and Jessica Simpson – Winter Wonderland (2003)
This is amazing in a compelling way to share (see video) and it deserves credit as a cautionary tale that not every Christmas collaboration is a joke (see more by ). Justin Bieber Drummer Boy Busta Rhymes feature). In the early Noughties, Osbournes was the reality TV family (Kardashians who?) so for the annual festival special, the producers feel nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like the pairing of the former Black Sabbath singer with the star-swelling star. of the New married couple.

6 Jay-Z and Linkin Park – Numb / Encore (2003)
When MTV approached Jay-Z about a mash-up project and asked who he wanted to work with, he replied, “Linkin Park.” The collaboration between the rapper and the nu-metal group created a mini-album, Course on collisionone of the first mash-ups to achieve massive popularity, with the beautiful and distinctive vocals of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington delivering a moment of pure magic on Numb again.


Chester Bennington of US rock band Linkin Park on stage with rapper Jay-Z

5 Kate Winslet and Weird Al Yankovic – I Need A Nap (2005)
Children’s illustrator Sandra Boynton has an unparalleled talent for bringing together the best of eclectic talent for her “rebellious children’s music” (vocals by Meryl Streep appear on No one understands me on Boynton’s Grammy-nominated album Philadelphia chicken). But pairing TitanicRose with the king of parody indifferent to life is a stroke of genius. Strange feelings I need a nap is a featured song on Dog traina family car journey album of pure perfection.

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4 David Bowie and Bing Crosby – Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy (1977)
Interestingly, it was not the negotiating power of the management teams that brought these two together but their families: Bowie’s mother was a huge fan of the veteran crooner and his kids. Crosby loved Bowie very much. Boy drumming was one of the last songs Crosby recorded and it went on to become one of Bowie’s best-selling singles. However, that almost didn’t happen when Bowie switched to acting Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV special with red hair, lipstick and earrings.


Singers Bing Crosby (L) and David Bowie perform the songs ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace On Earth’ on the set of Bing Crosby’s 1977 television special Merrie Olde Christmas.

3 Run-DMC and Aerosmith – Walk This Way (1986)
In the mid-1990s, Aerosmith was in decline and they hadn’t had a single in the top 10 of Billboard since the original Go this way in 1975. Run-DMC, meanwhile, was the fresh face of luxury rap, elevating the success of their 1983 debut single. It’s like that. If ever two worlds collide to create epic effects, here it is. Bands ‘ Go this way was a career-defining moment for both artists, with its iconic pop-culture status bolstered by MTV’s, at one point, emphasis on video streaming – featuring rappers and rockers performing practice in separate rooms before Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler smashes the wall between them – twice an hour.


Aerosmith and Run-DMC perform at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. The Walk This Way band collaboration was a career-defining moment for both artists.

2 Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure (1981)
The surprising nature of this combination is not so much that the performers are stylistically incompatible, moreover Bowie and Freddie Mercury are so accustomed to creative leadership that they create uncooperative. And actually creating Under pressure (this only happened due to an impromptu trading session in Switzerland) was a difficult process. “Without a doubt, Freddie and David locked horns,” said Queen’s Brian May Mojo music magazine in 2017, “but that’s when the sparks fly and that’s why it got so great.”

1 Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (2019 .))
Wyclef Jean and Kenny Rogers, Nelly and Tim McGraw … have a rich history of “country music”. Some flops (LL Cool J and Brad Paisley, we’re looking at you) but some are a win and Old Street is the king of them all. Not only does it suit Miley Cyrus’ skin (the man who sang Painful broken heart) with a twenty year old rapper not widely known, the result is the longest running Number One song in history but it also means the highest certified song ever, reaching 14 times platinum in the United States.


Billy Ray Cyrus, left, and Lil Nas X perform on stage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Their Old Town Road collaboration is the longest running No 1 song in history and the highest certified song ever, going 14 times platinum in the United States. Top 12: Most anticipated musical collaborations – from Dua Lipa with Andrea Bocelli to Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

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