10 Artist-Producer Breakups That Prove The Curmudgeons Right This Valentine’s Day
7. The Weeknd & Jeremy Rose
The buzz for The Weeknd began with the initial trio of “What You Need,” “Loft Music” and “The Morning (Original),” all of which were produced by Jeremy Rose (who now goes by Zodiac). But by the time The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons debut landed in March 2011, Rose’s name was nowhere to be found, replaced by producers Doc and Illangelo. In a 2012 interview, Rose claimed responsibility for the entire concept, sound and moniker of The Weekend, and said he was under the impression that the project was to be treated as a duo with Abel Tesfaye. Tesfaye apparently didn’t want it to be so collaborative, so Rose cut his losses, giving the singer those first three or four beats and the name — just before Drake posted the tracks, sending them into the blog stratosphere.
8. Kylie Minogue & Stock Aitken Waterman
How “lucky, lucky, lucky” was teenage Aussie soap star Kylie Minogue when she hooked up with Midas touch London hitmakers Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman in 1987? So much so that her debut album Kylie was the best seller of 1988 in England, songs like “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Locomotion” became global hits and eight of her first nine singles landed at either #1 or #2 in the UK.
Kylie was the golden star of Waterman’s PWL label from 1988 to 1991, but following the release of further albums Enjoy Yourself, Rhythm Of Love and Let’s Get To It, plus a 1992 greatest hits collection, the pop princess was eager to grow, and her patience for SAW’s formulaic bubblegum sound was waning. Minogue moved on to edgier house music duo Brothers In Rhythm and signed to indie dance label DeConstruction for her eponymous fifth LP. Ironically, Kylie’s last SAW-produced single, “What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before),” contained the poignant line, “Whenever I hear your music, singing the same old tune / you’re so sure that I can’t refuse it, but don’t you speak too soon.” Ouch!