In the 13 years since her debut, Mandy Moore has taken up acting, gotten married, and — so it seems, with the good influence of her singing/songwriting hubby — grown out of her pop princess days and into a more mature sound. Moore has revealed that she’s at work on the follow-up to 2009’s Amanda Leigh, and that she’s getting help from her Ryan Adams for this next round. As she tells CBS News, the two have “been writing a little bit together” and Adams “has a studio, so I definitely want to make my record there.” The collaboration is more than one of just convenience, though, as Moore also credits Adams with broadening her musical horizons. “There’s tremendous influence right now around the house — from music I’ve been introduced to, and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship,” she said. “I think that still garners a lot of material to write about.” Aww! Fueled by more than just the sugary sweet calories of “Candy,” this love-felt return will be something to watch for.
Moore and Adams will follow in a long tradition of musical couple collaborations. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks‘ failed relationship famously helped to shape Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, and Jack and Meg White‘s confused “Are they siblings or are they lovers?” status sure didn’t hurt the allure of the White Stripes. Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon broke hearts when they split earlier this year, and that Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose collaboration, “Fame,” was, um, not all bad! And of course, music’s royal couple du jour, Beyonce and Jay-Z have put out huge hits like “03 Bonnie and Clyde” and most recently “Lift Off.” This is a formula that has proven successful, and we hope it will give new life to Moore’s music career, as well. It would be great to have both her and Adams back on the scene. Moore her mind on a late 2012 or early 2013 release date. We’ll be waiting!