You didn't think "Words I Never Said," "I Need a Doctor" and "Coming Home" were just going to pass by without a Skylar Grey album emerging from their wake, right? (See also: the rise of Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, Dev, hundreds more if we decided to go back more than two years.) This isn't a debut album, mind you--that honor belongs to Like Blood Like Honey, released back when Skylar Grey was Holly Brook. But then again, Grey's almost completely moved on from the adult-contemporary likes of "Wanted," so it might as well be.
In an interview with Rap-Up, Grey dropped the following vague details:
- Alex Da Kid (responsible for "Love The Way You Lie," the aforementioned "I Need a Doctor" and assorted other emo-rap tracks) is the executive producer, surprising nobody.
- A buzz single will be released in a few weeks, a single-single will come in June, and the album drops in the fall.
- The following adjectives will all describe what you'll hear: cinematic, fun, dark. So kinda like the "Run The World (Girls)" video?
- There's currently only one guest artist. Who? A known unknown, someone we'll supposedly never expect.
But who are we as bloggers to leave it at that without total speculation? Here are four people we think could be potential collaborators, from most plausible to least:
Plausible: Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is in fact the frontrunner. This makes more sense than you'd think:
Exhibit A: Manson has a 2011 album in the works, in case you're not up on his continued music career. What better timing to start showing up on more famous people's tracks? After all, if Skylar Grey can help the world stop forgetting about Dre (whose Detox is about eight years gestating now), Manson's not entirely a remote possibility.
Exhibit B: Manson, Grey and Alex da Kid are apparently bizarro BFFs, having been spotted together in pictures and tweets. If pictures are gonna lead to collaborations, though, we'd much rather hear a (completely hypothetical) Lindsay Lohan track.
Still plausible: Nikki Sixx
Again, this didn't come completely out of nowhere; the Twitter version of the story is that the Mötley Crüe co-founder heard Grey at the Grammys, liked it, and offered to work on a song with her. And she's also got a new album in the works.
Probably only plausible on paper: Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera
Now we're reduced to mining Alex Da Kid's other collaborations. The producer worked with Lavigne on a couple tracks that didn't make the cut for Goodbye Lullaby, and Xtina shows up on T.I.'s "Castle Walls." What does that mean for Skylar Grey? Not much, we suspect. The gloss of Lavigne's newest stuff is Grey's sonic opposite, and Aguilera is her vocal opposite, as Grey herself has admitted. But they're still closer to the Alex camp than some.