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While OneRepublic has been touring Europe for the past month, Ryan Tedder has continued his creative tear. Billboard says this has included working on a song for Taylor Swift's next album, not to mention doing a dance anthem with vocals from Elton, produced and co-written with Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell.
 
 No further details were revealed, but Elton himself was more forthcoming when Rolling Stone recently inquired about his recording plans. Elton said he hasn't thought about it yet, but hopes to do a couple of tracks with Pharrell Williams.
 
Asked if he still only wishes to have T-Bone Burnett produce his albums (as he has previously declared), the musician said, ''Yeah, when I  make Elton John records.''
But he also wants to do things ''outside of the Elton John genre.
 
''Doing other things is a challenge and a learning experience. Playing and singing on 'All of the Lights' with Kanye West, playing with Queens of the Stone Age, the Fall Out Boy record, they're all different kinds of music. And they were a challenge for me, so I loved it. It's also outside of what I do, so I learn something from that. 

''You never can knock anybody else's type of music until you try it. I could never do a rap record because I wouldn't know where to start. You can learn so much from working with somebody that does. In the studio with Kanye, when I was doing that in Honolulu, he was just on fire. It was amazing to watch. You knew you were in the presence of greatness. I knew once I heard four or five tracks from that in the studio, I knew it was going to be a motherfucker of a record.''

The interviewer noted that Kanye is a similar place to Elton in the early 1970s, ''where everything he does just works, and it's all very different from each other.''

Elton agreed.

''Yeah. 808s & Heartbreak came out of left field and just blew my mind. I was like, "What?" And then each album he does is a little different. With us, Elton John was different than Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water was different from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. We tried to change with each record. When I did Rock of the Westies, it was a heavier sound. Then I did Blue Moves, which was probably my most sophisticated record.  But, yeah, I love Kanye because he's not afraid of taking a chance and pushing barriers. Working with people like that is something that I really enjoy.''

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