Special Report

25 Bizarre Musical Collaborations

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11. Eminem and Bon Iver
> Collaboration: Fall
> Year: 2018

Some musicians are less enthusiastic about their collaborations than others. Indie crooner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame publicly denounced the Eminem song “Fall,” which features his vocals and for which he’s listed as a co-writer. Vernon claims not to have been in the studio when Eminem recorded the lyrics for the song — which include a homophobic slur — and that he asked that the track be changed upon hearing it.

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12. Janet Jackson and Cliff Richard
> Collaboration: Two To The Power Of Love
> Year: 1984

Pop diva Janet Jackson and creaky British rocker Cliff Richard formed an unlikely duo to record the forgettable “Two To The Power Of Love” in 1984. For Jackson, 18 years old at the time, the song marked her first chart appearance. She would go on to record 10 No. 1 hits.

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13. Jay-Z and Linkin Park
> Collaboration: Collision Course
> Year: 2004

This celebrated mini-album mashup of music genres worked because of the artists’ mutual respect. The collaboration brought together hip-hop performer Jay-Z, who already had eight No. 1 albums, and rockers Linkin Park, authors of diamond-certified “Hybrid Theory.” The “Collision Course” pairing debuted at No. 1, went platinum, and produced a top 20 Hot 100 hit in “Numb”/”Encore” that won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

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14. Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes
> Collaboration: Drummer Boy
> Year: 2011

Canadian tween heartthrob Justin Bieber teamed with rapper/record producer Busta Rhymes for the remake of the Christmas chestnut “Drummer Boy” for Beiber’s first Christmas album, “Under the Mistletoe,” in 2011. The album also included pairings with Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Usher.

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15. Kiss and Michael Bolton
> Collaboration: Forever
> Year: 1990

Aside from the single “Beth,” Kiss’s most successful single on the pop charts was “Forever,” a song co-written by soft-rock crooner Michael Bolton. “Forever” peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 for the New York City-based glam metal band. Bolton was no stranger to hard rock; in 1983, he auditioned for British metal group Black Sabbath.

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