The Flaming Lips are plenty busy without taking on a new project with a pop superstar: the psych-rock veterans have a dark new album, “The Terror,” out on April 16 in the U.S., and have been working on film projects in between record-setting tours and starring in commercials for Virgin Mobile and Hyundai. But frontman Wayne Coyne revealed on Wednesday (Apr. 3) that he was working on a full-length album with his “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends” collaborator Ke$ha — a move that he says makes perfect sense, given the pair’s musical adventurousness.
“Her and I — as much as we’re able to — we’ve recorded some music,” Coyne told Billboard during an interview on Wednesday night at The General in Manhattan. “And people dismiss how… good she is. I mean, she really is genuine. And she can really fucking sing.”
Although Coyne does not have a timetable for his project with the “Die Young” singer, he tells Billboard, “We already have a couple songs, and they’re stellar.” And for those who worry that the F’Lips frontman is going Top 40 immediately after making one of his bleakest albums to date, never fear: Coyne insists that whatever they produce will be truly bizarre.
“I see a side of her that doesn’t want to worry about marketing — that doesn’t want to worry about the things that go into her being a pop star — and just make music,” Coyne says of the 26-year-old pop starlet. “I think her producers will probably allow her to do some weirdo music. That’s what her and I call it: ‘I want to do some weirdo music with you!'”
Click here to watch the Flaming Lips tear up “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, and check back with Billboard.com next week for more of Coyne’s recent video chat.