Some celebrity couples want to do everything together. Even if it’s not the thing they’re best known for.
But with the glow of their recent wedding still shining bright, “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed and former “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald have committed their love to plastic courtesy of their first joint single, “Now That I Found You.”
The twangy ballad, with music by McDonald and lyrics by Reed, is, predictably, about finding true love in the eyes of your beloved. The pair’s vocals don’t exactly find the perfect mix, as McDonald’s raspy, Rod Stewart drawl overpowers Reed’s generic voice, employed mostly as musical wallpaper. Reed said McDonald is encouraging her to pursue music in a more serious way, so the song may be just the first of many future collaborations.
Who knows if these two will become the next Sonny and Cher or the modern Don Johnson and Barbra Streisand. But whatever the future holds, they can feel confident that plenty of other musical couples have their back.
The hook-up that might have ended all other couple collaborations is actually the one that never happened. Britney Spears and former N’SYNC member Justin Timberlake were at the peak of their uber-pop glory in the early 2000s, but, sadly, the dynamic duo never consummated the relationship in the studio. Other pop tarts did get busy in the studio, including onetime “Newlyweds” Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on her single, “Where You Are,” and another ex-pair, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, hooked up on his tune, “No Me Ames.”
While some couples make beautiful music together, such as Mates of State and late Beatles John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the only good that came of the bed-hopping mess that was 1970s powerhouse Fleetwood Mac were such landmark albums as Rumors.
Indie rock, however, is lousy with real-life couple duets, from the recently split Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, to current hipster faves Nathan Williams of Wavves and Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, who just released their collaborative track, “Nodding Off.”
Hip-hop has also produced some classic love games, including the Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You),” which features a chorus from his wife, Faith Evans. And while former Fugees band mates and one-time lovers Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean were able to record songs such as “Fu Gee La” together before their relationship and band split, expectant parents Jay-Z and Beyonce are still going strong and, well, “Crazy in Love.”
What’s your favorite celebrity musical collabo?