Beach Boys singer also says he ditched a Frank Ocean collaboration because 'he wanted to do rap'
Wilson’s new album ‘No Pier Pressure’ will be released April 7 via Capitol Records. The album features duets with a variety of artists including She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel, Simonian, Kacey Musgraves and Fun’s Nate Reuss.
Both Ocean and Del Rey had initially been linked with the album, with Wilson’s representatives later citing “scheduling problems” as the reason for their absence. In a new interview with Vulture, however, he’s elaborated on the reasoning.
“Well, Frank Ocean didn’t want to do the song. He wanted to do rap, so we cancelled him,” the singer told Vulture. “Lana Del Rey, uh, she just cancelled out on us.”
Wilson also claimed that he’s never heard any of Kanye West‘s music and gave advice to young songwriters in the wake of the recent ‘Blurred Lines’ trial: “I would tell them to write the whole song and do it good.”
The legendary musician recently unveiled a series of live dates for September. The stint will see Wilson stop off in Liverpool, Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. Brian Wilson will be supported on the tour by Edwyn Collins and America.
Brian Wilson plays the following dates:
Liverpool Echo Arena (September 18)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (19)
London The O2 (20)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (22)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (23)
Leeds First Direct Arena (25)
Manchester Arena (26)
Glasgow The SSE Hydro (27)
The ‘No Pier Pressure’ tracklisting is:
‘This Beautiful Day’
‘Runaway Dancer’ [feat. Sebu Simonian]
‘What Ever Happened’ [feat. Al Jardine and David Marks]
‘On The Island’ [feat. She & Him]
‘Our Special Love’ [feat. Peter Hollens]
‘The Right Time’ [feat. Al Jardine and David Marks]
‘Guess You Had To Be There’ [feat. Kacey Musgraves]
‘Tell Me Why’ [feat. Al Jardine]
‘Sail Away’ [feat. Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
‘One Kind Of Love’
‘Saturday Night’ [feat. Nate Ruess]
‘The Last Song’
‘Half Moon Bay’