Kanye West Working With 30 Seconds To Mars On New Album

Band's management confirms Yeezy was working with Jared Leto on a song for the band's next album, due later this year.

Regular readers of Kanye West's blog are probably aware that the man is obsessed with fancy sneakers, all things sleek and tech-y and posting borderline-creepy paeans to women he'd like to bed (they're probably also aware that, thanks to the makers of "South Park," he can never eat in a Cheesecake Factory again). Oh, and it's not exactly news when he posts a photo of himself in the studio, since he's seemingly always working with someone, somewhere.

But on Tuesday, when West posted a picture of himself with [artist id="1244299"]Killers[/artist] frontman Brandon Flowers and [artist id="1231235"]30 Seconds to Mars[/artist] main man Jared Leto, it surprised even the most faithful of his fans. This wasn't your everyday Kanye collabo, after all.

"I was working on this dope-ass song with Jared and Brandon stopped by. I played them some of the new Jeezy beats, and before everybody bounced, Brandon hopped on the keyboard and I hopped on the MPC [sampler]" West wrote. "Sh-- was dope. Oh, and yes, those are Swarovski crystals on Brandon's shirt, by Dries Van Noten."

It is a pretty impressive shirt. Anyway, the post raised a rather interesting question: Why was Jared Leto in the studio with Kanye West? Last we checked, 30 Seconds to Mars were working with noted British producer Flood on their new album — the same album currently being held up by a rather contentious (and costly) lawsuit with their former label, Virgin/EMI.

So, we decided to reach out to 30STM's management to try and get to the bottom of it all, and here's what they told us: Kanye and Leto were working on a song for the upcoming 30 Seconds to Mars album, which will be released later this year.

There was no further comment given (and no one seems to know why Flowers was there), but the news of a Kanye/Leto collaboration is certainly interesting ... and it's a glimmer of hope for long-suffering 30STM fans out there, still waiting for the follow-up to the band's breakthrough 2005 effort, A Beautiful Lie.

Not to mention, it's more proof that you learn something new from Kanye West's blog every single day.