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Your Week in Music: Strange collaborations make beautiful sounds

Ne-yo and Celine Dion are from different genres, but the two work well together. (Source: Jasenhudson - Wikicommons/Anirudh Koul - Flickr) Ne-yo and Celine Dion are from different genres, but the two work well together. (Source: Jasenhudson - Wikicommons/Anirudh Koul - Flickr)

(RNN) - Apparently politics isn't the only thing that makes strange bedfellows.

From the "random collaborations" files, big ballad diva Celine Dion is going for a big time sound reinvention on her upcoming album, which includes a duet with R&B's Ne-Yo.

Dion and Ne-Yo debuted the track, Incredible, on USA Today's website.

And we would have to agree. It is incredible.

In a behind the scenes look at the recording of the song, Dion said she sees it as an Olympic-like theme.

"Hopefully somebody's going to hear this song and be inspired to do something incredible," Ne-Yo said.

Loved Me Back To Life, Dion's first English album in six years, is out Nov. 5.

And speaking of unusual collaborations ...

What do you get when you mix a punk rocker with a jazz artist? A country baby.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have collaborated ... on a country album.

The pair recorded their own take on the Everly Brothers' Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.

"I got into the Everly Brothers' record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on," Armstrong told Stereogum.

"I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning - maybe broaden the meaning a little bit - as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers."

The album, titled Foreverly, releases Nov. 25.

In the meantime, you can hear Long Time Gone on SoundCloud.  

Eminem and Rihanna collaborate on new single

Even though these two aren't an unusual collaboration, they're one of our favorites.

If you were a fan of the Eminem and Rihanna collaborations that created Love the Way You Lie, Love the Way You Lie 2 and Numb, the two are at it again in a brand-new single titled Monster.

Monster delves into the numbness and demons that come along with fame in the music industry.

Similar to Love the Way You Lie, the two have put dark lyrics to a catchy beat that we can't quite seem to get enough of.

"I just love working with Eminem. He's just one of my favorite rappers, and his lyrics - he's a true poet, and I enjoy that about him," Rihanna said during an interview with Complex.

Monster was released Tuesday and is a single off of Eminem's upcoming album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, slated to be released Nov. 5

The Jonas Brothers call it quits

Following in the steps of Mumford and Sons (which, even though the group calls it a "hiatus" we are still sad about), the Jonas Brothers are calling it quits and disbanding ... for now.

We all knew there was trouble with the JoBros when they canceled their fall tour due to "a deep rift within the band" over their musical direction.

On Tuesday, Kevin Jonas told People, "It's over for now."

The brothers went on to say that even though it's hard to say forever, they are closing a chapter and that the decision was a unanimous one.

Despite all of the warning signs that the end was nigh for the JoBros, their Twitter fan base is one unhappy group.

Some distraught fans claimed they "would cry forever," others pointed out that you can't break up with your brothers (valid point), and a few simply consoled themselves with the fact that the announcement came on National Cat Day.

All hope is not lost though! Even though we may not hear from them as a band, it has been rumored they are looking into solo projects, according to People.

Lou Reed's death spawns covers

Lou Reed, the "punk poet of rock 'n' roll" and leader of Velvet Underground passed away on Oct. 27, and with his death came quite a few rocking covers from some well-known artists.

All across the world, various musicians performed their renditions of some of Reed's most popular hits to remember the man who transformed the rock industry.

The Arctic Monkeys performed their version of Reed's Walk On The Wild Side during a show at Echo Arena in Liverpool. George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, performed Perfect Day and Neil Young joined My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis to perform Oh! Sweet Nuthin at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert.

Reed was the father of indie rock and is said to have influenced generations of musicians including David Bowie, R.E.M., Talking Heads and Sonic Youth.

He died in Southampton, NY, on Sunday, of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to The Associated Press.

Signed, sealed and (soon to be) delivered ...

After an eight-year wait, Stevie Wonder fans will be receiving two new albums in 2014.

Wonder told The AP he plans to release two albums next year and possibly a third.

The working titles are When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts.

Wonder says he also intends to fulfill a promise to his late mother and record a gospel album.

"Obviously the good word at the end of the day, it's not about the religion, it's about the relationship. And I think we all need to check our relationship," he said.

New Releases

Arcade Fire: Reflecktor - Oct. 29

Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped in Red - Oct. 29

Lily & Madeleine: Lily & Madeleine - Oct. 29

Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism, 10th anniversary edition - Oct. 29

Katy Perry: Prism - Oct. 22

Brett Dennen: Smoke and Mirrors - Oct. 22

Upcoming Releases

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Nov. 5

Il Divo: A Musical Affair - Nov. 5

Celine Dion: Loved Me Back To Life - Nov. 5

M.I.A.: Matangi - Nov. 5

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP - Nov. 11

Kellie Pickler: Woman I Am - Nov. 11

And finally ...

We here at YWIM think a cappella groups are highly under-appreciated. They don't just provide the vocals, they provide the instruments with their voices and weave them into a realistic reproduction of a full band.

Pentatonix, who you may remember from Season 3 of the a cappella singing show The Sing Off, has released the Evolution of Beyonce, featuring a chronology of Queen Bey, and it's as fierce as Sasha herself.

Pentatonix is coming out with an entire album of covers we anticipate will be just as fabulous. PTX Volume 2 is out Nov. 5.

What we're listening to

Kayte Grace - All's Not Spoken

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