Rivers Cuomo collaborates with...
The music world has got it's Kevin Bacon of the Six Degrees game. Weezer frontman and sometimes solo artist Rivers Cuomo has, for years, been writing fun, wry, rockin' pop tracks, including on the band's most recent, Rainn Wilson-dubbed album "Raditude." (Hey, there's at least one non-music connection!)
The music universes of Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Wayne, Kenny G, Rob Thomas, Sugar Ray, "Yo Gabba Gabba" and, obviously, the fans have all collided with Cuomo's in some way or another, whether he co-wrote songs, sang some backup, covered a track or collaborated in some other way.
In the following pages we list some of his more recent contributions -- and a wish list that includes a major pre-teen pop star and a Beach Boy.
Rivers Cuomo... and Adam Lambert
Rivers Cuomo wrote the song "Pick U Up" originally for Weezer, but after the band passed on it for "Raditude," it was offered up to the season eight "American Idol" runner-up and rising glam star Adam Lambert. The two worked together on revamping the melody and lyrics for what you hear now.
Rivers Cuomo... and Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne
Jermaine Dupri wrote and co-produced "Can't Stop Partyin'," featured on Weezer's latest "Raditude." The hip-hop star was reportedly inspired by River Cuomo's lyricism, like the line "What's with these homies dissin' my girl." Lil Wayne contributes his gravelly voice to this strange, dark track.
Rivers Cuomo... and Katy Perry
Rivers Cuomo told reporters in the last month that he has written a song with one of the boys, Ms. Katy Perry herself. While there has been no confirmation yet if their collaboration will make her next album -- or his, for that matter -- we at least know Perry's steps ahead in making new music. Their throwback styles and senses of humor seem to be a match made in heaven.
Rivers Cuomo... and Leighton Meester
The actress and budding pop star Leighton Meester was spotted at Weezer's Halloween show in New York last month, singing "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To."
Rivers Cuomo... and Pete Wentz, Travis Barker and Taylor Swift
By now, you should have seen the newest promo for "Band Hero" that features Rivers Cuomo, Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Blink-182's Travis Barker. It's all in support of Swift's "Love Story" and her digitized avatar and, yes, only the boys dropped trou for the spot.
Rivers Cuomo ... and Kenny G, Chamillionaire and Sara Bareilles
As previously reported, Rivers Cuomo rounded up a peculiar collection of musicians for his solo AOL Sessions: Kenny G, Sara Bareilles and Chamillionaire. The latter took Lil Wayne's place on the aforementioned "Partyin'" track.
Rivers Cuomoto... ... and covering GaGa, Coldplay, The Killers, Green Day, Black Sabbath, MGMT
Rivers Cuomo has taken the lead on tackling some pretty interesting covers while in Weezer: there's, of course, the fan favorite mish-mash of Lady GaGa's "PokerFace" and MGMT's "Kids." He's also done "Viva la Vida" from Coldplay, Green Day's "Worry Rock" and "Brain Stew", The Killers' "Human" and Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."
Rivers Cuomo... and All-American Rejects
All-American Rejects' frontman and songwriter Tyson Ritter has a co-writing credit on "Raditude" for "Put Me Back Together."
Rivers Cuomo... and literally his fans
Rivers Cuomo decided last year that he'd allow for his fans to even come join him on the stage, as he promoted his rarities solo disc "Alone II." Dubbed the Hootenanny tour, members of the crowd were invited to bring instruments and come jam with the group on big Weez favorites like "Buddy Holly" and "El Scorcho." The move was inspiration for Cuomo to let other songwriters into the Weezer camp as the band prepared "Raditude."
Rivers Cuomo... and Miley Cyrus?
Rivers Cuomo lately has let "Raditude" be a new platform to put out a call to other artists he has yet to collaborate with -- but would like to. He's said in interviews lately that he'd like to work with musicians Miley Cyrus to Brian Wilson to Lady GaGa to Fred Durst.
He's previously worked with other pop acts like Sugar Ray, Aly & AJ and Shirley Manson on songwriting."
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