One Direction Wish They Were ‘Cool Enough’ To Work With Jay-Z

'I don't know how to talk to him, though,' Liam Payne laments to MTV News about his hip-hop idol.

In 2012, One Direction went from virtual unknowns in the United States to undoubtedly one of the biggest acts in music, and it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down in the new year.

Following the success of their smash album Take Me Home, the British/Irish boy band will spend the better part of next year working on their 3-D movie, which Simon Cowell said will not only be “about the fans,” but will also follow their massive 2013 world tour, which kicks off in February at London’s O2 arena.

They have their first-ever headlining tour for Up All Night under their belts, but this time around, the boys promise it will be bigger and better.

“With the last tour, we didn’t expect it to be as big as it was,” Harry Styles said. “We never expected to do that many dates. I think we did 92 shows, and this time we are kind of preparing it for bigger arenas so we can make the stage a bit bigger. The whole show is bigger, and we’re doing, like, 101 dates on the next one, so it’s going to be a long one.”

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One Direction did admit that they’ve already picked out their opening act but wouldn’t disclose the lucky artist. However, they did reveal who is on their dream list of tourmates.

“Celine Dion!” Liam Payne said of who he would want to tour with before rattling off the names of Bruno Mars, Pink and Kanye West.

Zayn Malik admitted that going on tour with Katy Perry “would be amazing,” but hip-hop mogul Jay-Z tops his list.

“Imagine going on tour with Jay-Z,” Malik asked the group.

“Lads, I don’t think there’s much chance,” Louis Tomlinson admitted.

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And while they might not get to go on tour with Jay, they are keeping their hopes up for a possible collaboration.

“I would love to do a hip-hop collaboration with Jay-Z,” Payne said. “I don’t know how to talk to him, though. I think he’s wicked. I love Jay-Z. It upsets me that we’re not cool enough, but I wish we could.”

Not so fast: It seems Liam already made the first move. Payne snapped a photo of himself with Jay at the Brooklyn, New York, stop of Justin Bieber‘s Believe Tour, after tweeting, “Alssoooo my biggest news todayy i met one of my idols and couldnt even look him in the eye…”

Wonder if he asked him about that collaboration? Fingers crossed, Directioners.

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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