A quick glance at the track list for Conor Maynard's debut album, Contrast, and it's clear that finding artists ready, willing and able to hop in the studio with the British singer wasn't all that difficult.
And while folks like Rita Ora, Pharrell and Ne-Yo all appear on the "Vegas Girl" singer's just-released album, one collaboration still evades the singer.
"Drake," he told MTV News. "I went through a massive phase of just listening to Drake's music. I was just a massive fan of his music, and the way he writes is just incredible. He makes such simple, relatable tracks that work so cleverly. It's so weird how he writes. If I ever got the chance to work with him or got to meet him, I think it would be one of those moments where it's like, 'Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry.' It would be crazy. I definitely look up to him as an artist."
For now, he'll have to settle for working with A-listers like Frank Ocean, Benny Blanco and Stargate, among others. Maynard's ear for mixing pop and R&B has already earned him a #1 album in his native U.K. when the album dropped last year, and he's hoping the album's vibe translates to America.
"I named this album, my first album, Contrast because I think there's a massive contrast in what people may be expecting from the album," he said. "I think that if people are expecting a very young, poppy kind of sound, it really isn't that. It's got very kind of urban, mature kind of sound to it.
"For me, I remember I got to read my first-ever album review [last year], and the magazine said, 'We were really shocked. We listened to the first two songs and we were like, "Oh, this doesn't really sound like a young, poppy album that we thought it'd be." ' And I was like, 'I tried to tell you!' " he said about his girl-crazy, swagger-fied pop&b. "I think for me, it's always cool to kind of shock and impress people at the same time. And I think that's one of the reasons I called it Contrast. There's a song for everyone, definitely."
For fans looking for a taste of what the album is all about, they need look no further than the single "Vegas Girl," a shimmering, thumping ode to a Sin City PYT.
"Creating my entire album, I suppose the motto I kind of went with ... was 'It's better to fail in originality than it is to succeed in imitation,' " he explained. "So I didn't want to try and be anything else. I didn't want to try and be anything I wasn't.
"It was about creating a very unique, original sound, and I think we were just ... experimenting in the studio when I recorded this song," he added about "Vegas Girl." "And it just felt really good. It felt right, and it didn't really sound like anything that was out at the time. It was just a fun track that I enjoyed recording and I'm hoping people enjoy listening to. I suppose it's just a fun tongue-in-cheek song, and I suppose that's kind of my personality."