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Frank Ocean to Appear on John Mayer's Paradise Valley

August 9, 2013  |  4:15pm
Frank Ocean to Appear on John Mayer's <i>Paradise Valley</i>

Though John Mayer’s new album, which will hit record store shelves in less than two weeks, will likely be another folk-rock record (in the style of last year’s Born and Raised), it’s going feature two of pop’s most successful stars of the moment.

Rolling Stone reports that Paradise Valley, the musician’s sixth studio album, will feature guest vocals from Mayer’s on-again girlfriend Katy Perry as well as his frequent collaborator Frank Ocean.

Ocean will appear on a short track called “Wildfire,” which isn’t to be confused with the other track of the same name Mayer has already released, there are two songs called “Wildfire” on the record. Perry will be featured on a “country-tinged mid-tempo track” called “Who You Love.”

Ocean and Mayer have previously worked together on Ocean’s Grammy-winning Channel Orange (2012), on which Mayer played guitar for two tracks, “Pyramids” and “White.” They also played together last year on Saturday Night Live.

Talking to Rolling Stone in January about working with Ocean, Mayer said he was an “interesting, deep, touched, wonderful guy.”

“They don’t make a lot of other Frank Oceans, and the guy is looking for another. And the way that his mind works is craving the same frequency that he’s able to communicate on, and I think he’s just searching for that kind of depth that he has inside of himself in someone else,” Mayer said. “He’s fascinating to me. He’s so great.”

In related news, Mayer is currently streaming a new song called “Waiting on the Day” for the next 24 hours only. Head over to his website to give it a listen.

Paradise Valley is out on Aug. 20 via Columbia Records.

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