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Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley team up for SuperHeavy: Hear their single here

SuperHeavy

Supergroups, unite and take over! Next week sees the release of Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, and now there’s the first single from SuperHeavy, the band that features Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).

A breezy reggae groove that features an Bollywood-inspired string section (!), “Miracle Worker” begins with Marley “reachin’ out to all the lovers who might be thinkin’ about breakin’ up… or maybe makin’ up.” (Listen to it here.) From there, Stone and Jagger trade verses for the strangest dream team since members of Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins, and Cheap Trick got together for Tinted Windows.

So how did this group come together? During a press conference at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on June 30, Jagger and Stewart explained that the concept behind the group’s forthcoming self-titled album was to see what would happen if musicians from different cultures composed and recorded together, and indeed, the songs reportedly borrow from each band member’s specialty: reggae (Marley), blues-rock (Jagger), soul (Stone) and even Indian film music (Rachman). “I love musicians from all over the world, but never liked the term ‘world music,'” Stewart said. “That sounds like people knitting with yogurt.”

Stewart told reporters that the group recorded 29 songs in 10 days, which meant it all happened so quickly that Marley didn’t have time to school himself on his bandmates’ back catalog. “I wasn’t really familiar with everyone else’s music before,” he said, “but you observe how they work. It was a great experience.”

Stone has said that SuperHeavy will wait to see the reaction to the album, which is due to be released September 20, before they decide whether they’ll tour together. But we can’t wait til then: tell us in the comments what you think of the song.

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Ricky Martin and Joss Stone release new duet, apparently sail away to Margaritaville

Ricky-Martin-Joss-Stone_320.jpg Image Credit: Singer Ricky Martin (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireI Sit back, relax, and allow Joss Stone and Ricky Martin to take you away — away to a place where the waters sparkle turquoise, the lido deck breezes blow sweet, and the shrimp-cocktail fountain at the endless seafood buffet glows like a sweet crustacean dream.

It is not entirely clear how these two came together on the crest of an easy-listening wave, or when they found it necessary to step to Lost in Translation‘s jazzy Sausalito, but suffice it to say that their just-released duet “The Best Thing About Me Is You” is really livin’ la vida pop caca. Stream it here via Idolator, and tell us what you think in the comments section below. Happy sails, marineros!

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Joss Stone: Did her label make her change her provocative album-cover art?

Joss Stone has been using a provocative image to promote her fourth album, Colour Me Free. The black-and-white shot of the British singer contorted behind prison bars, midway through being penciled in color-by-numbers style (top left), appears on her MySpace page and her official website, and it’s the one that was provided to EW to accompany our review of the album. Yet pick up the CD at exclusive physical retailer Target or download a copy from iTunes and you’ll see very different cover art (top right): just Stone’s name in a large font above the album title on an otherwise blank purple background. What gives?

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Joss Stone's new single, 'Free Me': Hear it now!

joss-stone_lMore than two and a half years have passed since the release of Introducing Joss Stone, the third CD from the British soulstress. And, if Miss Stone had had her druthers, the singer’s fourth collection, Colour Me Free, would have been out a lot sooner than October 20, when it is available for purchase exclusively through Target. “The album was kind of held in limbo” says Stone. “It’s all record company stuff. I just want to make music and put it out. They have a different mind set. So, we had a little tiff and now we’re putting it out.” Colour Me Free was recorded in the UK at a club owned by Stone’s mother. “It’s a tiny little place that was a restaurant, but my mum made it into a great club,” the singer explains. “While she was actually doing that, when the builders were in, I had the idea to make this album. I figured, ‘Why not? We’ll just work when the builders aren’t working.’ So, we did.”

The first single from Colour Me Free is “Free Me,” which you can hear below and which Stone will perform on Dancing with the Stars tonight. “It’s kind of the title track, really,” says Stone of the song. “It’s just about independence and allowing people to be free and to make their music and their art freely, without somebody sat there telling them how to do so. That’s my slant. But other people can look at it differently.”

After the jump, the singer talks about working with Nas and Jeff Beck. And not writing a song for Obama.

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