More than three years in the making, "Urban Renewal," an album of Phil Collins' best-known songs covered by top R&B stars, was released in Germany last month and debuted at No. 3. The record is a
More than three years in the making, "Urban Renewal," an album of Phil Collins' best-known songs covered by top R&B stars, was released in Germany last month and debuted at No. 3. The record is a collaboration among Collins' U.K. publishing concern Hit & Run, Atlantic in the U.S., and WEA in Germany. Among the notable tracks are Ol' Dirty Bastard interpreting "Sussudio," Lil' Kim dueting with Collins on "In the Air Tonight," Brandy singing with her brother, Ray-J, for the first time on "Another Day in Paradise," and Kelis belting out "I Don't Care Anymore."
"Another Day in Paradise" has been a quick hit on international radio, having debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. singles chart last week and at No. 8 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.
WEA's German managing director, Bernd Dopp, says, "There is hardly a pop artist with as much soul as Phil Collins. It was the artists' admiration of his work that made 'Urban Renewal' possible." Collins says, "That so many talented people were involved is very flattering."
An Atlantic spokesperson says there are currently no plans to release the album in North America.
Here is the tracklist for "Urban Renewal":
Ray-J, "Ray-J Prelude"
Brandy and Ray-J, "Another Day in Paradise"
Ol' Dirty Bastard, "Sussudio"
Deborah Cox, "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
Dane Bowers featuring Kelis "This Must Be Love"
Lil' Kim featuring Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Coko, "Gotta Hold Over Me (Easy Lover)"
Kelis, "I Don't Care Anymore"
Joe, "Can't Turn Back the Years"
Debelah Morgan, "Do You Remember"
Montell Jordan, "Against All Odds"
Changing Faces, "One More Night"
TQ, "All of My Life"
Brian McKnight, "I Wish it Would Rain Down"
Malik Pendleton, "Take Me Home"