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R.E.M.'s New Album Features Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- The new album from R.E.M., titled Collapse into Now, will feature vocal performances from artists including Peaches, Patti Smith and Eddie Vedder.

In an interview with Spin magazine, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills says that Vedder will sing on a song called "It Happened Today," while Smith will sing two songs -- "All The Best" and the album's closer, "Blue."  As for Peaches, her song has no title yet, but Mills reveals the word "alligator" is in the title.

As for what the album, R.E.M.'s 15th, will sound like, Mills says it will be "more expansive.  We wanted to put more variety into it and not limit ourselves to any one type of song."

He adds that singer Michael Stipe wrote lyrics that are "very personal.  Not only to [him], but personal and human in the sense of the narrative of the songs, the protagonists of the songs."

Collapse into Now is expected to be released in early 2011.

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