Who should be Alicia Keys' 'strange as hell' duet partner?

As she composes songs for her third studio album, Alicia Keys tells Billboard she’s seeking ”strange as hell” collaborators (read: musicians far from the hip-hop/R&B world). As much as I’d like to hear her record a track with someone sorta similar (say, Fiona Apple, or Ben Folds), I’m sure she could come up with someone truly unlikely if she really tried. Names she suggests include John Mayer (not so strange), the White Stripes (better), and Queens of the Stone Age (pretty darn strange). Hey, how about System of a Down? Toby Keith? Bj√∂rk? Ted Nugent?

Who’s the strangest potential collaborator you can think of for Alicia Keys? Let us know, all you would-be mash-up DJs.


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  • cliff

    I would love to hear Alicia Keys and either Fiona or the White Stripes. Also original and “strange” might be Beck, Emmylou Harris, M’Shell Ndegeocello or Bright Eyes.

  • karen

    antony of antony & the johnsons, with murray hill as the master of ceremonies (or dr. julia yasuda, if anyone remembers her).

  • cjs

    The Roots (or maybe just Rahzel), Ozomatli, Beastie Boys would all fall under “Not So Strange”, but for Strange, how about leading either The Doors, or as lead-singer of Van Halen?!

  • Tosy and Cosh

    Pair her with some Broadway talents with vocal chops to spare. Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, some old-schoolers like Patti Lupone or Bernadette Peters. Or how about Cassandra Wilson? That would have jazz-r&b crossover potential.

  • Paul

    Her dancier track “Karma” was great – I really like Alicia with an upbeat track. How about Britney Spears or Madonna!?

  • pitchmeister

    Marilyn Manson…. that would exactly fit the bill.

  • donaly

    I’d like to hear her collaborate with Utah Phillips. It would be a nice change of pace–infusing her music with the more socially and politically aware message of Utah. Plus, who would think to pair an R&B artist with a folk singer?

  • Nic

    I love the suggestion of Alicia with Beck! It would be cool to hear her do a kind of Brandy/Monica but moodier battle thing with Fiona Apple. But come on, we really need to hear Alicia Keys and Interpol.

  • Fatima

    Please tell me you put Toby Keith as a joke. He’d probably lynch her.
    I’d go with Cat Power, Rilo Kiley, Regina Spektor or Zap Mama

  • Josh

    I’m no fan of Alicia Keys but a collaboration with the Basement Jaxx would definately be worth a listen.

  • Dru

    Weird Al. Need I say more? And they would look so cute with the matching hair.

  • Kari

    Steve Perry
    Paula Abdul (think Shut up and Dance!)
    OAR – they seem to want to break big so badly, that this might be a good chance for them to get broader exposure.

  • daisyj

    Are Alvin and the Chipmunks still recording?

  • brandonk

    Itzhak Perlman! They could do a piano/violin duet and she could take care of the vocals. James Blunt comes to mind too, as a vocal duet.

  • T

    one word…..Cher

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