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Phoenix Hint at Potential R. Kelly Collaboration

Two unlikely artists teamed up for memorable Coachella ’13 performance

Thomas Mars of Phoenix and R. Kelly perform in Indio, California.

Thomas Mars of Phoenix and R. Kelly perform in Indio, California.

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Back in April, Phoenix and R. Kelly stunned the Coachella crowd with their very unlikely stage collaboration. The R&B veteran and French indie-rockers came together for a mash-up of Kelly’s slow-jam classic “Ignition” and Phoenix’s propulsive “1901.” 

And in a recent interview with, Phoenix sheepishly hinted that this collaboration might even result in new music. 

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“Yeah, maybe. Maybe,” said guitarist Christian Mazzalai, with a wink, when asked about potential recording plans. “Maybe soon you will know. Maybe.”

The band also spoke about the origin of their strange stage union, noting that the two parties hadn’t even met before they performed together.

“The idea came to us one week before the show, very late,” said Mazzali. “Before going onstage we always put on R. Kelly’s music, which is very far from our music, but we love his art. So we created a mash-up between our music and his music. We sent it to him and he said yes. The funny part is he arrived late so we didn’t see him before. We met him onstage. We didn’t rehearse so there was a beautiful tension.”

Phoenix released their fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, in April. Last month, Kelly released “My Story” (feat. 2 Chainz), a single from his upcoming LP, Black Panties.

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