Timbaland fell out with Jay-Z and almost didn't appear on Magna Carta Holy Grail.
The producer and rapper teamed up for the track "BBC" on Jay-Z's latest album, but it nearly never happened, as they fell out after working on Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3, released in 2009, together.
In an interview on REVOLT TV Timbaland said, "Jay and I fell out. I missed his 40th [birthday.] It was over petty stuff. It was more personal stuff and disagreements. It was not industry-related. It was personal, and I was wrong."
The stars, who have worked closely together for over ten years, reunited while Timbaland was working on Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience and resolved their issues when they realized they were "better together."
Jay-Z credited a 16-year-old unknown producer on his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The 43-year-old rapper - who has worked with a string of high profile stars including Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams on the songs - decided to work with talented Ebony Oshunrinde after he was given one of her tracks by his friend Travis Scott.
The school girl - who is also known as Wondagurl - has only just finished 11th grade and she revealed she has received a lot of requests to work with her since appearing in the credits of the album. "It's a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it. Travis texted me and said, 'I'm about to change your life.' Usually, that doesn't happen to 16 year-olds. A lot more people want to work with me now. It's pretty cool," she told The Sun.
Matthew Morrison wants a musical collaboration with Adam Levine.
The Glee singer-and-actor was snapped up by the Maroon 5 frontman for his new record label and the pair have discussed joining forces on a song, despite having different musical styles.
While Matthew's new album, Where It All Began, is more jazz and blues inspired, Adam is best known for making thumping pop-rock songs with his band. "We've certainly talked about [a collaboration]. Our styles and sounds are quite different but he loves my album so much and he's a big fan of that type of music. But you wouldn't think it because he's such a rock star," Matthew said.
Although he's used to being in front of the camera after playing glee club teacher Mr. Schuester for four years, Matthew insists filming his first music video was completely "different" to his usual work: "They are so different but I love both. With Glee, you learn lines, you show up and you're good to go. But with a music video, you get involved with everything and it's a lot more personal."
The Wanted have confirmed that Justin Bieber will appear on their new album.
The "All Time Low" hitmakers have revealed the follow-up to 2011's Battleground will feature a collaboration with the "Baby" singer, along with fellow Brit Rita Ora and many other big names. When asked who they have teamed up with for their new material, member Max George told website MTV UK, "[Producer] Dr. Luke, Rita Ora, Nasri who does a lot of Bieber's stuff and Justin himself."
Could there be an Adam Levine and Katy Perry duet in the making?
Judging by some paparazzi photos, The Voice judge was seen exiting a recording studio soon after the "Part of Me" singer had entered the same building. Pop star Sia and producer Diplo were also spotted during Perry's recoding session, appearing in a photo she posted on Instagram where the pair playfully try to hide the "California Gurls" singer from photographers with umbrellas (seen after the jump).
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Chris Martin is rumored to be helping U2 with their new album.
The Coldplay frontman reportedly joined the Irish rockers - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, where they have been working on their 13th album with producer Danger Mouse. According to fan site atu2.com, "Our reporter saw Coldplay's Chris Martin arrive, followed by Larry Mullen Jr. about two minutes later. Shortly after that, a van arrived with three guitars - each with a white label that said 'U2/Edge' - and our reporter actually helped bring the gear into the studio. He saw Larry and Chris Martin together in another room before heading back outside."
The site says when Chris was later approached, he denied he had been in the studio.
The singer is a good friend of Bono and a long time fan of U2, previously saying of the group, "We respect any musician, particularly ones who have kept going and not changed line-up and have always been good."
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has announced that the band has finished their latest album and that it will be released through Columbia later this year.
While Reznor stated at the end of last year that new material was in the works and had released scheduled tour dates, the band never divulged just when that album would arrive (their last album, The Slip, was released in 2008). Reznor opened up about the fact that he kept the news underwraps from fans:
"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly f--king great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, How to Destroy Angels and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!"
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Ed Sheeran has hinted at more collaborations with Taylor Swift.
The Lego House singer is currently on tour with his close pal in the US and after having teamed up previously for their track "Everything Has Changed," featured on her album Red, Ed has indicated there may be more teamwork on his upcoming album.
"My second album has taken shape recently. I don't know if there will be any collaborations on it. You never know. I'm on tour with her for 6 months. I'm sure the guitars will come out at some point. We wrote ["Everything Has Changed"] in June. We went in to write another song for the Red album and then we went to record that other song. The day before we went to record it she invited me around to her house for food and "Everything Has Changed" came out of that."
Avril Lavigne "pushed" her boundaries for her new album.
The 28-year-old singer is set to release her follow up from 2011's Goodbye Lullaby and has thoroughly explored her emotions for the record, insisting she is proud for having a "completely different getup" to other female artists since first appearing on the music scene in 2002 with her track "Complicated."
"Lyrically, I pushed myself to talk about different subjects I haven't talked about before. I didn't want to be so simple. I tried to really express myself and go deeper. I wasn't the girl baring her midriff with backup dancers and a headset microphone. I came out and had a lot to say with my lyrics, and I played the guitar. I had a completely different getup, stage presence, everything," she said.
The "He Wasn't" musician recently revealed she has teamed up with goth rocker Marilyn Manson for a track on her upcoming fifth LP and admitted the '"heavier" material came about very spontaneously: "It was last minute [the song came about]. I was sitting there at the board thinking Manson would be perfect on this track, so I texted him and he's like, 'I'll come over and hear it.' So he came at four o'clock in the morning... Yes, it was one of those nights."
Daft Punk is planning a second album with Nile Rodgers. The French duo - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - teamed up with the disco legend for three songs on their new album, Random Access Memories, and he is keen for them to collaborate again on his hoard of unreleased material.
"I recently found a treasure trove of old stuff I wrote years ago that's been hidden in a studio vault. It's unreleased material from the late 70s and early 80s, and it has to see the light of day - especially now I've met producers that I trust like Daft Punk. I already know they'd love to work on some of this music. There's some solo stuff, tracks by Johnny Mathis and Fonzi Thornton, the soundtrack to a film called Alphabet City and Chic recording in Stockholm," Nile said.
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