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Phil Collins to team up with Adele

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During an interview with" Inside South Florida," Phil Collins let slip this little gem, "I've just started to work with Adele. I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she's done, too."

Unfortunately, the interviewer did not follow up on this.

At this time, Adele has issued no statement about this. On her website's forum, it states that she is working with Collins, Diane Warren and Ryan Tedder, front man for One Republic. Adele has been out of the public's sight since the birth of her first child, a son. Her tremendously successful first two albums, "19" and "21," were released two years apart. It may be that her third album will follow this same trajectory.

Collins was in Miami Beach last week to promote the expansion of his non-profit charity, Little Dreams Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2000 by Phil and his ex-wife, Orianne. Their mission is to fulfill the dreams of young, talented disadvantaged or disabled people in music, art and sports.

Phil told the news program that he often gets letters from kids asking him how to break into the music business. He and Orianne then conceived the nonprofit to help young people without resources get coaching, training and advice.

Children are selected based on talent, motivation and enthusiasm. Once they are selected, they work with mentors.

Children, namely his two young sons, inspired Collins to get back to writing.

He said, "I'd decided I kind of missed that creative stuff, so I'm trying to get back into writing and that's getting into a certain head space and personal drive."

He continued, "I've got some lyrical ideas on paper that are good. I've started to thrash around at the piano. A lot of it is hit and miss. All you need is something to hang an idea on and you're off."

He has been pleasantly surprised at how certain songs of his have held up over time.

He joked about his first solo hit single, "In the Air Tonight," saying, "That's going to be on my headstone. He came. He wrote 'In the Air Tonight.' He died."

Phil's last album was released in 2010. The album, "Going Back," consisted of covers of some of his favorite Motown songs.

After his last tour with Genesis, in 2007, he sustained nerve damage in his neck. He told the press in 2009, "My vertebrae have been crushing my spinal cord because of the position I drum in."

Collins went on to say that surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his neck has left him unable to holda drum stick properly. He even resorted to taping his sticks to his hands to get through a gig.

Last year, however, Phil announced that he's had a change of heart. "I've started thinking about doing new stuff," he told the press. He even contemplated playing some concerts again and maybe with Genesis.

One thing seems certain. With the writing prowess of both Collins and Adele, a collaboration could bring amazing results.


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