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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
 
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More than 2,000 people braved the wind and rain on the seafront at Brighton, England, on Saturday to form an image of King Canute designed by Radiohead lead-singer Thom Yorke. The public art display was designed to send a climate warning to political leaders in the run-up to the UN Climate Talks in Cancun.

Yorke explained, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we can't keep putting this off.”

The image formed on the beaches of Brighton-Hove was designed by Yorke and his long-time collaborator Stanley Donwood. The picture also appeared on the cover of Yorke’s album Eraser. Yorke helped promote the event on Radiohead’s website and four million person strong Facebook page.

According to legend, King Canute set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt, only to be soaked by the ocean’s waves. Just as Canute realized his own hubris, world leaders today must realize the dangers of ignoring climate change and rise to solving the challenge.

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