The Most Unexpected Collaborations of 2017 (So Far)
    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2017

    • Posted by: Ally Farrell

    A lot of crazy things have happened in 2017. A reality star is our president. Hurricane after hurricane destroying entire islands. Mick Jagger welcoming a son into the world at 71 years old. And the music industry has not been exempt from the rollercoaster that has been 2017. There have been some pretty out there collaborations (so far), and lucky for you, we've compiled the Weirdest of the Weirdest right here. You're welcome.

    1. The Chainsmokers x Coldplay

    Coldplay is one of the biggest bands of the 21st century. The Chainsmokers are, arguably, one of the most laughed at musical groups of the 21st century. No one saw these two groups coming together to release a song, but they did.

    2. Linkin Park x Pusha T x Stormzy

    It's been rough one for Linkin Park. Earlier this summer, lead singer Chester Bennington unexpectedly took his own life. It came as an absolute shock to everyone, especially since the band had just released an album and was on tour. Another surprise was the collaboration between the rock band, rapper Pusha T, and grime artist Stormzy. The result was a strangely great song. Rest easy, Chester.

    3. Cher x Future

    This cover of "Everyday People" between Cher and Future may have been for a Gap advertisement, but it still came completely out of left field. Every part of this was unexpected. Cher or Future doing a Gap commercial on their own would definitely be odd, but the two of them doing one together... who would have seen that coming? Also, covering Sly and the Family Stone's 1968 hit? Curiouser and curiouser.

    4. Zayn x Taylor Swift

    Zayn might have gotten his start in a pop boy band, but his solo music is inherently R&B. And while Taylor is getting less and less country by the album, she's not nearly as soulful as Zayn. So these two coming together for a straight-up pop song is quite a shock.

    5. Gucci Mane x Jake Paul

    While the song has not yet been released, I couldn't not include this odd couple. For those of you who don't know who Jake Paul is, let me give you a bit of a synopsis of this clown. Jake rose to fame on the now defunct Vine. Or, ya know, as famous as you could get from 6-second videos. Now that Vine no longer exists, Paul has taken to YouTube to continue his, uuuhhh, "career," and somehow landed a role on a Disney show. The poor souls unlucky enough to have to live near Jake Paul have filed a lawsuit against him, citing events such as him lighting furniture on fire in an empty swimming pool and constantly having "fans" lining the street amongst other obscene actions which ultimately got him fired from Disney. So, back to the point. This absolute buffoon somehow managed to get rapper Gucci Mane to collaborate on what Paul described as a "banger." This song hasn't even been released yet and it's already awful, and already such a strange collaboration.

    6. Gorillaz x Popcaan

    Gorillaz is a virtual alt-rock band. Popcaan is one of the biggest artists in dancehall. A virtual English band and a Jamaican DJ? Strange.

    7. Katy Perry x Skip Marley

    Skip Marley is the insanely talented grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley. And I'm sure you know who Katy Perry is, and that she's been going through some strange identity crisis, both personally and with her music. I'm not going to lie, I actually like "Chained to the Rhythm." Maybe that's because I, like Skip, am West Indian. Maybe it's because it's genuinely a good song. Maybe it's both. Whatever it is, it's still quite an unexpected collaboration.

    8. Nick Jonas x Nicki Minaj

    Now, a collaboration between Nick and Nicki is not all that out there. Just about everyone wants to be able to say they have a song with Nicki Minaj. She also teamed up with Nick's older brother Joe and his band, DNCE, this year. What is odd about this is that Minaj and the youngest JoBro collaborated for the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Darker. The same soundtrack Zayn and Taylor are on.

    9. Katy Perry x Migos

    Oh, Katy. Katy, Katy, Katy. What is happening with you? Katy's (early) mid-life crisis/identity crisis earned her not one but two spots on this list. That means she's either very lucky, or very unlucky. You can decide that for yourself. Everything about this song is weird. The food based sexual innuendos, the beat, the video. The feature of hiphop trio Migos. It's just all rather confusing.

    10. Maroon 5 x SZA

    Maroon 5 is that band with Adam Levine and ...those other guys. SZA is an R&B/neo-soul singer. The partnership is not at all unwelcomed. Just not at all what anyone saw coming.

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