The most wanted record ever is set to happen...

THE STROKES and White Stripes are planning to release a joint single, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Following the bands’ gigs together in New York, Detroit and the Carling Weekend, they are now close to teaming up on what would become one of the most collectable singles of all time.

The news was revealed exclusively to NME.COM by White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

White said that after their Reading and Leeds appearances last week, Julian Casablancas suggested the Strokes record a double A-side single with the [/a].

“They want to split a 45,” said Jack as he and sister Meg walked the red carpet prior to star-studded ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Just two weeks earlier the two bands wowed a sold-out audience in a double-header gig at the same theatre. For the finale, Jack joined The Strokes to play the guitar solo to ‘New York City Cops’.

“We’re thinking about it – it would be cool,” Jack said of the joint recording plans.

[a] return to the UK this week to play two shows with one of their heroes, Jeff Beck. Then they will head to Toe Rag Studios in east London to work on final mixes of their forthcoming new album.