On his new album, Stages, Josh Groban decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way. A few of the productions that 34-year-old singer chose include songs from Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few.
“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”
“What I Did For Love” was the first taste heard from the LP and now we have our second. It’s a stunning duet featuring none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two team up on “All I Ask Of You” from The Phantom of the Opera. It’s as amazing as you’d imagine.
During her American Idol season, Broadway was never a theme. Had it been, Clarkson would’ve definitely slayed. She effortlessly hits all the high notes on this Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned number. Check out the sensational duet below.
Just like “Stay With Me” with Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith has enlisted another great R&B voice to duet with for a special version of his latest single. The 22-year-old reigning Best New Artist Grammy winner joins forces with John Legend to make beautiful music on “Lay Me Down.”
The special rendition of the track is for the UK charity Comic Relief for Red Nose Day. The charity’s goal is to “bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which we believe requires investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.”
“I’m doing the official single for this year’s @rednoseday with the amazing @johnlegend,” Sam tweeted. “So honoured to collaborate with such an incredible artist. Please do support the track, it is for a great cause xx.”
Check out their sensational collaboration below. Hopefully, this is just one of many future duets to come. Their voices mesh so well together.
While promoting her new album, Piece By Piece, in stores now, Kelly Clarkson claimed she had problems convincing other musicians to duet with her. Initially, media outlets took her comments seriously. As it turns out, the 32-year-old American Idol winner was only joking.
If there was ever any ounce of truth to her comments though, at least she can always call on Jimmy Fallon. Clearly, the Tonight Show host is a fan. He enlisted Clarkson to perform a medley of the greatest duets in history on last night’s show.
Their performance included covers of Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton‘s “Islands in the Stream,” Human League‘s “Don’t You Want Me,” Elton John‘s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and Paula Abdul‘s “Opposites Attract.”
My favorite of the bunch was of Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt‘s “Don’t Know Much.” It was all about Jimmy’s bang-on impression of Neville. Check out the entire thing below.
Recently, Kelly Clarkson made comments to BBC Radio 1 that were twisted and misconstrued. The 32-year-old original American Idol winner stated she had problems wrangling up A-list singers to duet with. The travesty ;)
“I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I’m not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out, and that’s cool, but I don’t know.”
As it turns out, the “Heartbeat Song” singer was just joking. She cleared up the misunderstanding on Twitter this week.
“Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me! The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please. Obviously my humor is not translating ha!”
With that being said, there is only duet on her forthcoming album, Piece By Piece. Like they say, there’s a grain of truth in every joke.
“Run Run Run” is the latest track that Clarkson is premiering off her new LP which drops on March 3. It features John Legend with whom she judged alongside with on the short-lived ABC singing competition, Duets. Check out their collaboration below.
Mariah & Whitney. Celine & Barbra. Britney & Rihanna. Those pairings have given us some pretty great duets. Now, we can add Robin Thicke and Will Ferrell to that group ;) Okay not really, but it’s a fun listen nonetheless.
Ferrell in his Ron Burgundy alter ego delivers spoken word as Thicke taps into his upper register to cover Christopher Cross’ classic “Ride Like The Wind.” The collaboration is for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues which opens December 18.
Word on the street suggests an accompanying music video is also in the works. I can’t wait. Should be an equally fun ride. As an aside, I have to give Robin props. His parts sound fantastic. A solo version could’ve easily fit in on his current studio album. Check out the duet below.
This Sunday, Pitbull hosts the 41st American Music Awards. The following day he’s releasing Global Warming: Meltdown. It’s a reissue of his last album and will include all the tracks featured on 2012’s Global Warming along with five brand new tracks. One of which is “Timber“- a collaboration with Ke$ha that peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
His other new tracks showcase artists Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and INNA. Let’s face it though, the one everyone is looking forward to is by the former Destiny’s Child member. The sensational Kelly Rowland teams up Mr. Miami for a sexy duet that is primed to be a club banger this holiday season.
While I love R&B Kelly, it’s fantastic to have her vocals return to a throbbing dance beat. Like most of Pitbull’s dance-pop concoctions, “That High” features a killer hook. This one is even more addicting since Rowland delivers it. Check it out below.
For his tenth studio album, Robbie Williams decided to record another swing album. It’ll feature an eclectic mix of standards and swing tunes. He previously released Sing When You’re Winning back in 2011 which featured duets with Nicole Kidman, Frank Sinatra and Rupert Everett to name a few.
For the 39-year-old entertainer’s second swing LP titled Swings Both Ways, he’s enlisted an even more impressive motley crew of musicians to collaborate with. Among them include Olly Murs, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen, Michael Buble and none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two harmonize beautifully on “Little Green Apples.” Check it out below. Clarkson sounds phenomenal as always. Swings Both Ways hits streets on November 18.
I first heard “Say Something” when it was featured on this season’s So You Think You Can Dance in a beautiful dance choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with the track. Christina Aguilera also did.
Her team contacted A Great Big World’s manager to propose the idea of re-recording the track but as a duet with her. Given her star power, obviously they agreed. The result is absolutely sublime. Gotta give props to Xtina for not overpowering them with her bombastic vocals. Instead, she complements their vocal stylings and elevates the track.
“[This song] is sort of coming to me at a time when I’m feeling very inspired…it’s so simple and it’s so quiet and still and steady and in a way pleading to hear something, to hear some kind of answer or get an answer in the most humble, unassuming, non-demanding way” – Christina Aguilera
“Say Something” is off A Great Big World’s upcoming album Is There Anybody Out There? On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, they’ll perform the duet with Aguilera on the show. Definitely give the gorgeous ballad a listen below.