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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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In April, following the expiry of its contract with Geffen Records, Weezer announced plans for a deluxe, expanded edition of its 1996 sophomore album Pinkerton. Yesterday, Weezer revealed the details of the Pinkerton reissue, which is due to be released on November 2nd.

"We're always planning and scheming something," bassist Scott Shriner said in the original announcement. Reported by Reuters news agency, he added that the group was also assembling an "Odds and Ends" collection of rarities. "It's a ton of B-sides from a big period of time," Shriner said. "Rivers [Cuomo] has been mostly in charge of picking which songs are gonna be on that." He continued, "There's so many cool things that we've recorded for records that never made the [albums], I think they had to get out there. Finally it's going to happen." At the time, the impression was that this was going to be a separate release.

Even better news is that the two-disc deluxe reissue of cult classic Pinkerton includes many B-sides, rariites, and never-before-released material, as Weezer continues to stoke nostalgia hot-on-the-heels of recent announcements of dates for their Memories (previously known as Blinkerton) tour. Beginning at the end of November, the band is due to play their landmark 1994 debut album, The Blue Album, as well as Pinkerton in back-to-back shows.

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