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Hearing musicians cross over and collaborate with other bands can be one of many highlights of an album. From labelmates to a married couple to a horror movie director’s musically inclined grandson, check out some of this year’s best below.
ONE OK ROCK – “Jaded” featuring Alex Gaskarth
ONE OK ROCK’s Fueled By Ramen debut, Ambitions, housed a lot of incredible tracks. The band collaborated with artists such as Avril Lavigne and the guys of 5 Seconds Of Summer, but the energetic “Jaded” with All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth stands out the most.
Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha – “Home”
Created for the upcoming Netflix sci-fi action flick Bright, “Home” has Machine Gun Kelly teaming up with rock radio darlings X Ambassadors and pop powerhouse (and Warped Tour alum) Bebe Rexha. As if the track wasn’t already surging with emotion, MGK revealed he wrote it the day Chester Bennington died.
Andy Black and Juliet Simms – “When We Were Young”
One of rock’s favorite power couples, Andy Black and Juliet Simms, tackled Adele’s “When We Were Young” for Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7. The duo even performed the track together for the first time ever at the 2017 APMAs to close the show hosted by Black.
Grayscale – “Come Undone” featuring Patty Walters
Grayscale’s Fearless Records debut, Adornment, is full of killer tracks, including “Come Undone” featuring Patty Walters of labelmates As It Is. The latter set out on a spring headliner and brought along Grayscale, who in turn, gave us a sick tour video montage for the track.
The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Crazy” featuring Frank Iero
Frank Iero makes a killer contribution to the Homeless Gospel Choir’s “Crazy,” which is taken from The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal. The short-and-sweet track’s video even features a sick interpretation of frontman Derek Zanetti.
HalfNoise – “As U Wave” featuring Hayley Williams
When drummer Zac Farro rejoined Paramore earlier this year, fans were under the impression they would have to wait until After Laughter to hear any new music since the 2010 split. However, Farro and Hayley Williams had quite a surprise up their sleeve when it was revealed she contributed to “As U Wave” for The Velvet Face EP by Farro’s project, HalfNoise. Williams even jumped onstage to sing her part at the EP’s release party in Nashville.