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Posted on April 23, 2020

ThrowBack Thursday To Some Of The Most Iconic Duets & Collaborations In The Last Decade

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2020. What a year it has been so far. Most of us agree when we say that even though we are only four months into the year, it feels like we’ve seen, experienced, and been through it all! From the tragic death of Kobe and Gigi, to the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, it feels like the months have been dragging along for years now with everything that has been going on. However, let this be a subtle reminder that everything we are going through right now is temporary and it will be over in the near future, (hopefully)! In light of our current situation and Throwback Thursday, MusicPromoToday wanted to share with you some of the most iconic duets and collabs that have taken place in the last decade. From Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, we’ve gathered for you some of the flashiest, hottest, and well-versed duets from the past 10 years! Check out our list below!

‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry and Snoop Dog (2010)

This beach-friendly pop tune is a fun song that is perfect for the summertime. Katy Perry expressed that ‘California Gurls’ was her way of doing an homage to the Beach Boys as well as showcasing all the iconic summer things we’ve seen on postcards and TV. And luckily, her and Snoop were able to showcase that effortlessly.

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye and Kimbra (2011)

We love a catchy and heartfelt breakup song! And this song is exactly that. In his part, Gotye describes what happened in his dysfunctional relationship from his point of view. He loved her but was not fulfilled by her. Kimbra on the other hand, describes the relationship from her own point of view, singing that the relationship was also dysfunctional and all the problems they faced were blamed on her. Whatever the case might be, we’re sure there wasn’t a single person who didn’t sing their hearts out when they heard this song on the radio! Are we right or are we right?!

Beauty and A Beat by Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj (2012)

Fun fact: Did you know that Justin Bieber rented out a huge water park just to film this music video? And, the 18-year-old filmed the whole music video with his own camera in his hand and it turned out to be pretty spectacular!

 Just Give Me A Reason by Pink and Nate Ruess (2013)

Did you know that this song was inspired by a hypothetical fight over butter? Pink explained to Spotify during an interview,  “Sometimes [one partner] can be like, ‘The way you passed me the butter this morning, I kinda feel like we’re going to be over in a month and we need to talk’ and he’s like, ‘I just passed you the f—ing butter, what are you talking about?’ and that’s how I felt the song should go, ‘We’re growing apart, you don’t spoon any more like it’s all over.”

Problem by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea (2014)

This girl duo rocked the charts when their song reached #1 on the iTunes singles chart in just 37 minutes after its release breaking the previous record held by Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together,’ which reached the top spot within 50 minutes.

See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth (2015) 

This beautiful track was a farewell tribute song for the beloved Paul Walker who tragically lost his life in a car crash. The Fast and Furious crew dedicated this emotional song to their late team member. Regardless of where we are or when we hear it, this song will always give us goosebumps each time we listen to it.

One Dance by Drake and Wizkid and Kyla (2016) 

Summer might be canceled this year but we can still party with this ideal summer jam indoors, RIGHT?! The hot track features 35-year-old Kyla aka Melanie Alverez and Nigerian music icon WizKid who both add their own unique sound to the track’s slick vibes.

Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (2017)

Take a catchy Latin reggaeton-pop melody loaded with finger-picking Spanish guitar and velvety smooth voices, with a swaggy verse by Justin Bieber in a remixed version, mix it all together and what do you get? The most streamed song in history.

Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid (2018)

This has to be one of our favorite collabs ever. Khalid’s voice is absolutely perfect. It’s simple with a velvety tone that differentiates him with many in the field. Halsey’s sound is raspy,  breathy, and shaky which contrasts the richer, more hearty and powerful sound of Khalid. The two blended together make the perfect duo for this chill, laid-back tune.

Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (2019)

The super caliente song by Shawn and Camila is sexy and passionate as they focus more on love and lust rather than adultery and dispute. Following their biggest hit, IKWYDLS, this song has a completely different tone filled with sultry tones. But we have to admit, we’re still not over the previous hit either! Keep em’ coming, Shamila! 

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