Collaboration is one of the most important skills in the music industry. There was a time when artists would collaborate with their contemporaries or other artists in their genre, but today, more and more collaborations are cross-genre.
The list below features four of the most successful collaborators of all time. Some of these names might surprise you, but all have had major impacts on music history and culture.
Kanye West and Jay-Z
Kanye West and Jay-Z have collaborated on some of the biggest albums in hip-hop history, including Watch The Throne. They are also two of the most popular artists in their genre and have brought out some of the most successful songs of all time.
Watch The Throne is one of their more well-known collaborations, but they also worked together on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye West and Jay-Z were two of the most influential artists in rap music and their partnership had a huge impact on both artists’ careers.
Lil Wayne and Drake
The most successful collaboration of all time has to be Lil Wayne and Drake. The pair first collaborated on “Laugh Now Cry” off of Drake’s 2011 mixtape, “So Far Gone,” but there was no doubt that they had a special connection.
The two were unstoppable from the moment they started collaborating and became arguably the most successful cross-genre collaboration in history (a title they still hold). They’ve released countless songs, and during their time together, Lil Wayne and Drake have been responsible for nine number-one singles.
The only other artist who comes close to this success is Kanye West, who has six number one singles with Jay-Z.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are some of the most successful music collaborators of all time. As a result of their efforts, both have amassed an immense fortune. They are also the only power couple on this list. Beyoncé, who is considered the more famous of the two, is estimated to be worth $350 million. She has a long list of accomplishments including being named “most influential artist” by Billboard in 2017, and she owns her own record company, publishing company, and a clothing line. On the other hand, Jay-Z has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is behind several multi-platinum singles.
The dynamic duo started collaborating in 2003 when they were married and have since been inseparable in business and personal life.
Max Martin and Taylor Swift
Max Martin and Taylor Swift have a long history of collaboration. Max Martin has been Taylor’s mentor, co-writer, and producer since she was 15. Their first song together was “Love Story,” which is one of the most successful singles in history. Max Martin also produced two songs on Taylor’s album 1989: “Bad Blood” and “Wildest Dreams.”
Max Martin is known for his work with artists such as Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and Carly Rae Jepsen. In fact, he has had more number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 than anyone else in history.
The most important thing to remember when creating a music collaboration is to choose someone who complements you and your style, while also being someone you have a good rapport with. Rapport is crucial to any type of collaboration, but it’s especially important in the music industry. Collaborations with people you don’t like or who are not a good fit for you can lead to negative reviews, public disagreements, and hurt feelings. If you know you’re not compatible with someone, and they’re not a good fit for your style, it’s best to work with someone else.
Don’t forget that while talent is important, it’s not the only thing. You’ll want to make sure the person you’re working with has the same goals as you, shares the same values, and has a lot in common with you. Once you find that perfect collaborator, success will be just around the corner!