On Thursday, a small group of journalists were introduced to SuperHeavy, the eclectic new supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and "Slumdog Millionaire" composer A.R. Rahman.
The five global music stars gathered in Studio A at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood to explain their surprise collaboration.
"I got a call from Dave," Stone recalled. "He said, 'Hey Joss, Mick and I want to make this band. Do you want to come and have some fun?'"
The music sounds like the sum of its parts - a joyous fusion of rock, soul, reggae and percussive Indian beats, with vocals from Jagger and Stone seamlessly interwoven with Marley's distinct toasting.
The as-yet untitled album will be released September 20 in the United States and a day earlier internationally.The quintet shot a music video for its first single, "Miracle Worker," Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
"Last night, we had our first audience," said Rahman. "Of course they were all extras, but they liked the music."
Recording took place in the South of France, Greece, Turkey, India, the Caribbean, Miami and Hollywood.
"It was an intense process that covered several countries, but started in this room," Stewart explained.
Jagger said the group wrote 29 songs in 10 days.
"Working with four other vocalists was interesting to me," admitted the Rolling Stones front man. "I've never actually done it before. Normally, I have to do everything - which I'm quite happy to do, don't worry."
Marley, meanwhile, is used to collaboration.
"I do a lot of work with my brothers," said the reggae star. "But this is quite different with the different genres."
"What genre of iTunes?" asked Jagger. "The unknown. The unclassifiable."
Whether SuperHeavy will tour remains to be seen - but the occasional special performance appears to be a sure bet.
"We'll be playing in the Unclassified tent at Glastonbury," Jagger quipped, as the crowd laughed.
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Mick Jagger = Legendary
Damian Marley = Genius
The two of them together ... phenomenal!
sweet,we wont be the worse band ever!
I'm an old classic rock geezer..stones,beatles,kinks,the who..but this borders on the embarrassing. Why?
Super nonsense would be a better name.
None of these people are beholden to this joke and they all have their own career's.
Last weeks news before it ever broke.
I bet the only thing that's super heavy in this band is Mick Jagger's adult diaper.
Joss Stone is your "Go to" girl for vocals??? You cant be serious!!! Time to update your little black book.
YO fingernails- Joss my bone is great.......until she opens her mouth!. Stewart must of desperatly needed a piece of ass .Guess he wore Annie whatserface out.Even she/he wouldnt sign on for this waste of time.
Jagger- from hero to Zero in two paragraphs.Superheavy?unclassified? LIGHTWEIGHT! esp with Joss Drone.
How many people did this no talent TRAMP have to sleep with to be even considered for this lameass project? Aparently eveyone and there mother.Jagger is NOTHING without his cohorts. Stone is worthless eyecandy at best.Stewart even worse. Ba bye!
Ms. Stone is a class act and a great singer. You on the other hand are a crude bore.
I LOVE GEEZER ROCK!!!!
Oh my god. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Mick, you don't need these guys. Oh well.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...oh sorry, was somebody saying something in this article? No? Oh, ok....zzzzzzzz
They should call this band SNOOZE-FEST. As soon as they replace ( hopefully already ) the Godawful Joss Stone they MIGHT stand a chance!
this is a joke, right? "Supergroup"? Really? REALLY? Don't think so, Mick. Well respected musicians, yes. Super GROUP? Nope.
Very old news.
this is the supergroup!!! http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM
Joss Stone is absolutly DREADFULL!!!So dont listen you say-Trust me .....I wont!
I can't wait for the album. With this intriguing mix of styles, genres, and experience, this group should bring the house down!
Oh wow. Quite mix of styles and genres. This is definitely worth a listen.
Sorry, meant Mick, of course.
Wait....Micj Jagger is still ALIVE?
@ apples...that's really rude. I would be interested in hearing this music. Mick is pretty darn talented. So is Dave Stewart and the producer for Slumdog...good luck to you all.
Superheavy? why isn't Oprah in this band?
this sounds stoopid.
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