Passing The Baton

Passing The Baton

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)
It's really nice to see so many of these young pop stars inviting old folk to collaborate on their albums. Of course, by 'old folk' we mean music legends who've been around the block, and by 'young pop stars' we mean newer artists who have current chart-topping releases.
They have probably learned from each other! But we dare say that for these artists working with their idols, the experience holds a very special place, a dream come true. 
So on that note, we thought we'd point out some of our faves of the moment, and who knows - you might just stumble across something hip that you enjoy!


James Taylor + Charlie Puth 

26yr old multi-instrumentalist Charlie Puth has been called a musical prodigy, in fact, Billy Joel took a shining to him and took him under his wing for a US tour in 2016. Charlie just released his second album, Voicenotes, which includes a collaboration with one of his heroes - James Taylor. Charlie's first album charted globally with hundreds of millions of streams and currently Voicenotes is on target to do the same. It also features 90s RnB legends, Boyz II Men. 


David Byrne + St Vincent

The Talking Heads frontman has often expressed his admiration for New York artist St Vincent (Annie Clark). So much so that they made an entire album together in 2012 titled Love This Giant. 


Queen + Adam Lambert

Classic rock icons Queen now tour globally with pop star Adam Lambert who made his start on American Idol. Doing an incredible job of filling the enormous shoes of the late Freddie Mercury, Adam is wowing audiences with his flamboyant stage presence and remarkable vocal range.


Brian Wilson + Janelle Monae

The Beach Boys legend appears on the very first and title track of Janelle Monae's new album which Rolling Stone raved about with a 4/5 star review. Janelle said "Do you know how much of an honor it is to have him on [the title track]?" she tells Rolling Stone. "I am such a Beach Boys fan."


Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga

An unlikely pairing you might think, but these two decided to make a stunning album together in 2014 called Cheek To Cheek after meeting at a New York gala event. Originally they recorded "The Lady Is A Tramp" together in 2011, and it's magic.

U2 + Kendrick Lamar

Bono appeared firstly on Lamar’s "XXX" off of his album DAMN. Lamar returned the favour by appearing on U2's Songs Of Experience track "Get Out Of Your Own Way". They also performed together at the 60th Grammy Awards. 

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