British dance star Paul Oakenfold has recruited a host of big name artists for his next solo album "Pop Killer," including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee-Lo and One Republic's Ryan Tedder.
"I've got some really good people on it," Oakenfold tells Billboard from his Los Angeles base, adding that the record is nearing completion and that he is eying a summer 2010 release date for the "very melodic, up-tempo and song driven" studio set.
According to Oakenfold, Tedder has written and sung a track for the album while Red Hot Chili Peppers has reworked an existing song from their catalog.
"They're doing an old song of theirs, which I took and [have] re-done and it's looking real good," the London-born artist tells Billboard, although he declined to reveal the name of the track.
Indian singer Kailash Kher has also recorded a track for the album, says Oakenfold, who says that "Pop Killer" would be "more club based" than his previous studio set, "A Lively Mind" (Perfecto/Maverick Records).
Boasting collaborations with the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams, hip-hop veteran Grandmaster Flash, Ryan Tedder and the late actress Brittany Murphy, "A Lively Mind" was released June 2006 and peaked at No.7 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart. The album was subsequently nominated for a Grammy award in the category of "Best Electronic/Dance Album."
Last year, the artist released mix album "Perfecto Vegas" (Thrive) -- a 21-track dance compilation inspired by Oakenfold's long-running weekly residency at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas - which entered the Billboard 200, peaking at No.66 in July 2009. The album also hit No. 5 on the Dance/Electronic albums listing.
In 2009, Oakenfold also resumed his long-running creative partnership with Madonna by co-producing "Celebration" -- the lead single to be lifted from the greatest hits album, also entitled "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) - as well as supporting Madonna on the 2009 U.K. and European leg of her record breaking "Sticky & Sweet" tour.
Although, Oakenfold is remaining tight lipped about what other A-list stars are likely to join Cee-Lo, Tedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers on "Pop Killer", he tells Billboard.biz there is likely to be at least one "other big name" on the album.
"I think people will be shocked with who I've got," he says. "I haven't signed the contract yet, but I think people will be very interested in what they hear."
Oakenfold's long-running residency at the Las Vegas, Palms Hotel & Casino continues throughout the summer. The DJ will also play a number of North America club dates this year, including Lima in Washington (May 20), Royale, Boston, (May 21), the Congress Theater, Chicago (May 22).