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Duran Duran: Their favorite collaborators

Frontman Simon Le Bon discusses working with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and more

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The ’80s idols return March 22 with All You Need Is Now. Frontman Simon Le Bon discusses some of their best collaborations, past and present.

Mark Ronson produced All You Need Is Now
”He’s a real charmer. He’d get me to do things and not be self-conscious, which is the really clever bit. He said he wanted to achieve something that had the experimental, avant-garde spirit of our first two albums.”

Kelis sings on All You Need‘s ”The Man Who Stole a Leopard”
”She’s definitely got that R&B, ‘Milkshake,’ hip-hoppy sort of thing. But she also reminds me of an opera diva as well. She’s just exquisite.”

Timbaland co-produced 2007’s Red Carpet Massacre
”Timbaland was very laconic. He doesn’t say much, he just suddenly comes up with these amazing musical things and just gets on with them. It didn’t do so well, unfortunately, but I love this record.”

Justin Timberlake sings on Red Carpet Massacre‘s ”Falling Down”
”We had a great day up in Manchester writing that song. He was amazing. He’s a big hillbilly. That’s how he referred to himself: ‘You play great piano, Justin,’ I said to him. He said, ‘It’s just these great big hillbilly hands.”’

Nile Rodgers has worked with the band off and on since 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger
”I remember him playing some notes up the neck of his guitar and it was the riff from [1986 Duran smash] ‘Notorious.’ That was the first time that any of us had ever heard it. We just said, ‘Man, we’ve got to have that.”’