Monday, May 23, 2011

Steven Tyler to duet with Jedward on Walk This Way?

This one could get ugly.

With Steven Tyler’s profile through the roof these days due to his American Idol gig, offers like this may be coming in from all over.

The Sun reports Jedward - the Irish pop rap duo led by identical twins John and Edward Grimes — are in talks with Tyler about teaming up for a cover version of Aerosmith’s classic, "Walk This Way."

A source tells The Sun: "Jedward never thought someone like Steve would join forces with them and on such a massive song. But it looks likely to happen. The excitement has sent them into a spin."

John & Edward came to prominence on the Simon Cowell-produced/judged UK reality series X-Factor in 2009, where the duo finished sixth.

Following the series, Jedward released their first single, a mashup of Queen’s “Under Pressure” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” in early 2010. The song topped the charts in Ireland and peaked at number two in the U.K., although it dropped to number 12 the following week and eventually dropped off the U.K. charts entirely. Sony responded by dropping the band from its roster, making Jedward one of the few groups to lose a record contract on the basis of one song.

The twins quickly rebounded, signing a three-album deal with Universal the very next day and rush-releasing their debut album, “Planet Jedward,” which appeared last July. “Walk This Way” was recorded as a bonus track for the album.

Last week, Jedward came in 8th in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

While a Jedward/Tyler version might put the spotlight back onto the Aerosmith classic, the real groundbreaking cover of the song was done by Run-D.M.C back in 1986, one of the first instances of rap mixing with rock. Tyler and Joe Perry joined the group for the track, which was the first rap song to make the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Jedward - Walk This Way (2010)

See also:

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Aerosmith unconfirmed for American Idol finale?
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