Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has landed a surprising new collaborator for his next album - R+B star NE-YO.
Ne-Yo - real name Schaffer Smith - is best known for his solo singing efforts and the songs he was written for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Britney Spears.
But he insists he is relishing a change in direction.
He says, "I'm sitting down next with Marilyn Manson so we can write songs for his new album.
"I don't have preconceived notions about what he is musically, the clothes he wears, none of it."