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Three new musical collaborations to liven up your weekend


Agence France-Presse

 /  Sat, March 28, 2020  /  11:08 am
Three new musical collaborations to liven up your weekend

Britain's Prince Harry, Jon Bon Jovi and two choir members walk on the famous zebra crossing that The Beatles walked across, during a visit at Abbey Road Studios in London, Britain February 28, 2020. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

While musicians are urging their fans to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are keeping them entertained by releasing new songs and albums.

Here is a selection of three new duets to listen ahead of the weekend.

"Believe It" by PartyNextDoor featuring Rihanna

After months of speculation, the Canadian rapper finally unveiled his long-awaited third studio album, "PARTYMOBILE."

The much-anticipated follow-up to 2016's "PartyNextDoor 3" notably features an unexpected duet with Rihanna, entitled "Believe It."

The R&B infused-ballad marks Rihanna's first feature since 2017, when she contributed to N.E.R.D.'s "Lemon" and Kendrick Lamar's "Loyalty."

"Best make me believe it/ Best make me believe it/ Believe you won't deceive me," Rihanna croons in the hook, while Ninetyfour, Bizness Boi and Cardiak are on production duties.

"Believe It" does not mark the first time that the award-winning songstress collaborates with PartyNextDoor, as the pair previously teamed up for her singles "Work," "Sex With Me" and "Wild Thoughts."

"Unbroken" by Jon Bon Jovi featuring Prince Harry

"Unbroken" was recorded this past February at London's Abbey Road Studios, where the Bon Jovi frontman shared the recording booth with the Duke of Sussex and the Invictus Games Choir.

Fans of the American singer-songwriter might already be familiar with this inspirational anthem, as it is a new version of Bon Jovi's 2019 "Unbroken" with John Shanks on production duties.

All proceeds from the single will benefit the Invictus Games Foundation, which supports the recovery and rehabilitation of international wounded, injured or sick military personnel.

"In light of what has come, you know, with his leaving the monarchy, as it were, I didn't plan on any of this. But he said: 'Not only am I going to come back [to England], you know, but I want to be there when you do it'. And to do it at Abbey Road, of course where the Beatles once were; and to do it with the "artist formerly known as Prince," I think it's gonna be an incredible, moving moment," Bon Jovi told the BBC of the collaboration back in February.

"COFFIN" by Jessie Reyez featuring Eminem

The Canadian singer-songwriter has enlisted Eminem for her debut album, "Before Love Came to Kill Us," which she released after much debate this Friday, March 27.

Earlier this month, Reyez took to Instagram to tell her fans that she was "conflicted" at the idea of dropping her LP in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The whole premise of building this album was to make something that made people think about their mortality. Now it seems like a theme song to what's happening irl. I've reached out for advice; the general consensus is 'drop it.' I put everything into this, I even pulled it down from the pre order to make changes because I needed to make sure I was passionate and proud of it -- not the label, not my managers -- me. So I did," she explained at the time.

The much-anticipated album notably features "Coffin," in which Reyez reconnects with Eminem a few years after their collaboration for his 2018 single, "Good Guy."

"I'm at the end of my wits, let's end this/ Then begin again tomorrow/ Fresh start, let you spoil me/ Pledge your loyalty, treat me like a king/ Just to fuck me over royally/ Boy, are we water mixed with oil," the rapper spits in the conflicted love song.

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