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Owl City preps new album; hopes to nab Taylor SwiftDETROIT (Billboard) - Adam Young said he's "halfway done" with the next Owl City album, and he's hatching plans for at least one eyebrow-raising collaboration.

"One of my dreams has been to get Taylor Swift to do a song," Young, who remixed John Mayer's "Half of My Heart" (featuring Swift) told Billboard.com.

"I have kind of a cool idea for this sort of hybrid, countryish direction for a new song that would be perfect for her," Young said. "We're hoping for the best. I can't even imagine how busy she is, so if it happens, it's cool. Fingers crossed."

Young -- who recently had to cancel some of his Maroon 5 opening dates due to a kidney stone -- says that he's corresponded via e-mail with Swift "a few times. She says she's a fan, and vice versa, for sure, so hopefully there'll be collaborating."

Young adds that he'd also like to work with Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, who's "a pal. It would be fun to get his voice on there."

As for what the follow-up to 2009's platinum "Ocean Eyes" will sound like, Young predicts "more variety across the board -- maybe a song with a ton of electric guitar, maybe one that's really kind of trancey or European trance-influenced, maybe a super urban, hip-hop kind of, just taking what the last record did but maybe enhance that."

 

Young is once again doing "everything aside from the mastering" by himself, so he doesn't want to set a timetable for recording or the next album's release.

"It's kind of a long process," he explains. "Whenever I'm home and off the road, that's my main focus. I was in the studio in June and July, and then we're out here on the road 'til September. Then I'm heading back (in the studio) for a couple months in the fall."

 

Young said he's also keenly aware of the expectations that will undoubtedly greet his "Ocean Eyes" followup.

"There's the whole sophomore slump thing," he acknowledges, "and everybody's going to say, 'Can he do it again? Was 'Fireflies' just a flash in the pan?'

"I'm pretty optimistic...and, honestly, if this is it, I'm absolutely grateful," said Young. "I was working for Coca-Cola in a warehouse before any of this started, so I'm definitely grateful to be creating rather than hauling around pallets of soda."

Owl City finishes its run with Maroon 5 on August 15 and then starts a three and a half week stint with Mayer on August 18, followed by headline dates in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K. and Europe during November and December.

Meanwhile, Young has been extending his creative reach with "An Airplane Carried Me to Bed," an album he crafted in 2007 under the moniker Sky Sailing, prior to Owl City taking off.

It's a more earthy and organic approach, and Young says he feels it co-exists comfortably alongside "Ocean Eyes." "I have always wanted to experiment in almost every genre out there instead of trying to cram it all into one thing."

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:34
 
(UK)

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R.E.M. is set to release its new album Collapse Into Now on March 7. The band has released the lead-track "Discoverer" as a free download from its official website. R.E.M. has further confirmed that the record will be available for iTunes pre-order on December 21. Listen to "Discoverer" here.

The release date of R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album was reported by NME.

A feature on R.E.M and the making of the band's new album is also due to appear in the January edition of Q Magazine.

In the article, Peter Buck (guitar) and Mike Mills (bass and keyboards) talk about recording at the fabled Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, the band's time in New Orleans during the making of Collapse Into Now, how the album got its name, and about the guests who appear on the new record.

R.E.M. spent the summer in Hansa Studios, Berlin, where David Bowie recorded his landmark Heroes album in 1977 and U2 reinvented themselves with Achtung Baby.

“Great records were made there and I’m sure horrible records were made there, too,” Buck joked. “But you think about the good ones.”

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