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Odd Couples: 50 Cent & Robbie Williams, Katy & Kitty Perry!

Check out the latest unexpected pairings in the music world, including Flea, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, and more.

It’s official. Music really does bring people together. Usually, collaborations occur between the sonically likeminded, but recently a whole spree of batshit-crazy partnerships have popped up. So hold onto your hats and glasses folks, as we look at the latest odd couples to step inside the studio:

50 Cent and Robbie Williams: This pair had a well-publicized feud back in 2005 when the two were staying at the Ritz Hotel in Germany (seriously, who knew German hotels were so confrontation-prone?). According to reports from both sides it went something like this: Fiddy didn’t like Robbie’s rowdy fans and Robbie didn’t like Fiddy’s rowdy entourage. Well it seems that’s all water under the bridge now — according to AllHipHop.com the two will collaborate on a track for 50 Cent’s forthcoming LP Before I Self-Destruct.

Flea and the Faces: When Rod Stewart and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood announced they were reforming the Faces for the first album since 1973’s Ooh La La , we chalked it up to yet another instance of reunion-mania sweeping the music world. But we didn’t see this one coming: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has been confirmed as the newest member of the reunited outfit. [via NME.com ]

Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, and Yusuf: The singer/songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens — who changed his name to Yusuf after converting to Islam in 1977 — has enlisted some high-profile guests for his first non-religious album in 28 years [via reuters.com]. Dolly Parton and Paul McCartney will appear on the yet-to-be titled release’s single “Boots and Sand,” which Yusuf wrote after being denied entry into the US in 2004, due to what was later attributed to a case of mistaken identity and heightened post-9/11 security measures. (Hmmm… seems like McCartney is the go-to guy when there’s touchy airport matters that need addressing, right Snoop?).

Katy Perry and her cat: Parry’s latest collaborator (read: kissing partner) is none other than her cat, Kitty Purry. “I’ve actually taken a vow of celibacy this year,” said the 24-year-old “I Kissed a Girl” singer, who recently split from longtime BF Travis McCoy. “No kissing anyone. Just my cat.” [Via Us Weekly]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a raccoon and a few chicks: Karen O. and Co. took to their website yesterday and used the help of a few furry friends to announce that It’s a Blitz will be the title of their third full-length album, due later this spring. “Just so everyone’s on the same page we want you all to know that we are releasing a BRAND NEW record this spring and drum roll please… we’ll let Geronimo the raccoon and the baby chicks take it away from here,” the post read. Click here for a visual of Geronimo, the baby chicks, and It’s a Blitz.