2019’s Potential Star Collabs, From Sheryl Crow and St. Vincent to Shawn Mendes and BTS

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Some long-awaited -- and a few by no means anticipated -- partnerships are set to doubtlessly make new music in 2019. But who has really put in studio time, and who's simply teasing us?


IT'S HAPPENING!


Who: Jenny Lewis and Beck

What: Beck (together with Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams) joins Lewis’ backing band for her spring LP, On the Line.

Will You Hear It? Hell yeah! Billboard has, and it’s nice.
 

Who: Sheryl Crow and St. Vincent

What: Crow is releasing a collaborative album chock-full of star company like St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.

Will You Hear It? Yup! In addition to St. Vincent, Crow will rock with “a bunch of individuals I’ve identified perpetually who I’m pals with” -- like Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson.


PRETTY SURE BET


Who: Mitski and Allie X

What: “Can verify, we’ve been rocking collectively,” Allie X advised Billboard in August about Mitski writing on the indie pop star’s upcoming album.

Will You Hear It? Strong probability. Mitski too has mentioned they’ve been writing collectively.


MAYBE?


Who: Drake and Migos

What: When a fan requested whether or not Migos and Drake would drop a mixtape after the November 2018 conclusion of their tour, Quavo responded, “You have to be a psychic.”

Will You Hear It? Last May, Quality Control Music CEO Kevin “Coach Ok” Lee advised Billboard “if that occurs, it occurs.” And would Quavo lie?


Who: Shawn Mendes and BTS

What: At the 2017 American Music Awards, Mendes and the BTS boys mentioned collaborating on-camera for the Korean group’s YouTube channel. In a June radio interview, Mendes promised that “it’ll occur.”

Will You Hear It? Sure, if Mendes manages to pin down the most important boy band on the earth -- “a tough group to get with,” he admits.


DON'T GET EXCITED YET


Who: Chance the Rapper and Kanye West

What: “Me and Chance engaged on a brand new album,” introduced West at a September live performance in Chicago. “It’s referred to as Good Ass Job.”

Will You Hear It? You know... something’s attainable.

This article initially appeared within the Jan. 12 challenge of Billboard.