Miley Cyrus + Tyler, The Creator And 17 More Really Weird Musical Hookups

by (@emilyexton)

Top 18 Unexpected Musical Collaborations

Miley Cyrus‘s March Cosmopolitan cover story is the interview that keeps on giving. Not only did she reveal two key groups to align yourself with if you want to make it in showbiz (that would be “Brazilians and gays”) and go bra-less on newsstands nationwide, but she finally elaborated on plans for her new album. We’ve seen some Twitter communication between Miley and Odd Future‘s Tyler, the Creator–including a enthusiastic suggestion to “get fat and watch TV”–and now we have proof that this friendly banter may have been born in the booth. Says Miley:

I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, The Creator heard it and said, “I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.'”And he killed it!

While Tyler isn’t the first artist we’d guess Destiny Hope would call for studio time, but when combined with her performance of “Rebel Yell” and penchant for dropping Twitter truthbombs, we’re liking the diva more and more each day. As we wait for what will be either a head-scratcher of epic proportions or the reinvention of music (not to mention Disney star career paths) entirely, let’s look back at some of the more unexpected, and to be frank, WTF musical collaborations over the years.

1. A$AP Rocky and Florence Welch, “I Come Apart” (2013)

Continuing to sit on her throne as the most wanted collaborator among artists of every genre, Welch teamed up with the Harlem newcomer for the deluxe edition of his major label debut. And after his turn as JFK in Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” video, A$AP is getting pretty comfortable performing alongside auburn chanteuses. Just watch your backs, ladies.

2. Big Boi and Phantogram, “Objectum Sexuality” and “CPU” (2012)

Big Boi and Phantogram Unexpected Collaborations

Daddy Fat Sax tapped the indie duo for two tracks on last year’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Because if Andre 3000 isn’t going to collaborate with him, he’s going to have to look somewhere else.

3. Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes, “Drummer Boy” (2011)

Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes Collaboration

The Bieb opted to re-write a holiday classic with help from an elder statesman more than willing to drop multiple references to social media. It shouldn’t make sense, but given Bieber’s prolific Twitter presence it really was a match made in heaven.

4. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, “The Lady Is a Tramp” (2011)

Mother Monster added her voice to Duets: II, a standards album from her fellow New Yorker. She toned down her quirks just enough for a sassy rendition that doesn’t stray too far from the original and allows her vocals to shine over anything elsel. The pair apparently enjoyed recording together–or eating at Joanne Trattoria–so much that they’re planning a full-length album.

5. Jason Aldean and Ludacris, “Dirt Road Anthem (Remix)” (2011)

Ludacris and Jason Aldean Collaboration

By this point in his career, Luda had already endorsed a certain Canadian teen, so recording with performers outside his genre shouldn’t come as a surprise (he’s all about the hits!). Still, country remains a relatively untouched, separate entity, and having the guy who’s bragged about midgets hanging from his necklace enter that world will never not turn heads.

6. Snoop Dogg and Big Time Rush, “Boyfriend” (2010)

It’s hard to say whether lending lyrics to a Nickelodeon boy band or showing up on the reboot of 90210 the most cred-destroying move from Snoop, but maybe he changed his name to avoid our criticism.

7. Kanye West and Bon Iver, “Lost in the World” (2010)

Throughout all the buzz built around My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy via free Friday releases and collaborations with a guy famous for locking himself in a Wisconsin cabin to record, the final product resulted in an instant classic. Kanye appreciates people who understand his need to rant.

8. The Black Keys, Mos Def and Jim Jones, “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)” (2009)

The Keys’ Blackroc album–part passion project of Damon Dash–saw the bluesy rockers join forces with many of hip-hop’s elite. Once you get past the names, the first single is a hypnotic slow-burn, thanks to Def’s irreplaceable voice and plodding percussion.

9. Jonas Brothers and Common, “Don’t Charge Me For the Crime” (2009)

While we were talking about purity rings and man bangs, these guys were laying a down a track with a future G.O.O.D. Music member. Respect earned!

10. Alicia Keys and Jack White, “Another Way To Die” (2008)

The two teamed up for the Daniel Craig-helmed Bond flick Quantum of Solace. They didn’t win an Oscar, which proves that, yes, one Adele is better than the rest of us combined.

11. Jay-Z and Linkin Park, “Encore/Numb” (2004)

Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collaboration

Lest you forget, Hov and these dudes made AN ENTIRE ALBUM TOGETHER.

12. Eminem and Elton John, “Stan” (2001 Grammy Awards)

Em replaced Dido with the openly gay John for the live event, as a response to the heat he received for his arguably homophobic statements and controversial lyrical content. For better or for worse, the pair closed out the haunting song about fanaticism gone fatal with a hug.

13. Christina Aguilera and Fred Durst, “Come On Over” (2000 MTV Video Music Awards)

Ah, Durst and his run-ins with TRL-era female hotties! We must never forget these times. It’s nice of MTV to make time in their big award show for a little duet between two people who were probably (definitely) getting to know each on a quantum level.

14. Fear of Pop, Ben Folds and William Shatner, “In Love” (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 1999)

Of all the things The Shat does, we probably shouldn’t doubt his ability to narrate a slow-jam, particularly when he’s doing it earnestly.

15. Celine Dion and R. Kelly, “I’m Your Angel” (1998)

Celine Dion and R. Kelly "I'm Your Angel" Collaboration

Before he was trapped in the closet, Kellz teamed up with the greatest singer in the world for a schmaltzy ballad that both brought in some extra sales for their respective albums. Make way for the “woo,” Celine.

16. The KLF and Tammy Wynette, “Justified & Ancient (Stand By the JAMS)” (1991)

The most bananas of the bunch, this is an entirely crazy and kooky JAM that brightens one’s life with every play. Stand By Your Man meets British house? Of course! Why didn’t anyone think of this earlier?

17. David Bowie and Bing Crosby, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (1982)

Before Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, before Bieb and Busta, our holidays were made a little bit weirder by the melding of the old and new school on a timeless classic. But we wouldn’t sip our eggnog to anything else.



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