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Famous Duets Matchmaker Quiz
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Dec 19th, 2012 at 13:54 GMT
Good stuff. Can you add Alicia Keys & Jay-Z, Eminem & Rihanna, Nelly Furtado & Timbaland, Michael Jackson & Siedah Garett?
Dec 19th, 2012 at 15:32 GMT
I winnowed down my own original list of 36 to 20 based on 3 criteria. 1) I eliminated any duos that stuck together for a while or only worked as a duo - Simon & Garfunkel, Peter & Gordon, Sonny & Cher, K-Ci & JoJo, etc. 2) I eliminated any duet where one person does not sing at all - Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, Eminem & Rihanna. 3) I eliminated the less famous singers like Odia Coates, Marilyn Martin and Siedah Garret. Timbaland does appear to sing on that song so I could add it as well as Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett to bring the list quantity to 22 duets. I feel that including rapping in the list would complicate the simplicity of what "duets" and "singers" traditionally mean. I thought that 20 matches would be confusing enough for most people here (particularly when several singers appear in both the left and right sections of the quiz). The last quiz that I launched currently has nobody at all getting 100% correct. I wanted to be sure to launch a quiz where total success had a greater possibility, but I appreciate your suggestions. Perhaps if anyone wants more than 20 matches, they could give rockgolf a point, and if anyone is happier with just the 20 they could give me a point?
Dec 19th, 2012 at 16:13 GMT
I agree with JoeBeta's choices as I've always considered duets different from featured artist songs.
Dec 19th, 2012 at 16:56 GMT
I have to agree with leviper since he agrees with me. However the #1 song from last year was by Gotye featuring Kimbra. It's a duet in the classic sense of the word and would be a far less memorable song without her singing. My source for the quiz couplings stops at February 2011 so I failed to even consider them as a possible pairing. (I was thinking about how duets were an endangered musical species until these thoughts popped into my head while walking my dog.)
Dec 20th, 2012 at 12:29 GMT
I just fixed a fatal flaw in the quiz. I had to remove George Michael's duet with Elton John because Elton John and George Michael were both present in each column twice. This resulted in a confusing situation where a perfect score might not be awarded in some matching situations. My apologies to all for my not catching this sooner. Extra thanks to rockgolf for having a good substitute handy for me!
Dec 20th, 2012 at 15:01 GMT
I thought that was the same situation as Jennifer Warnes who is listed once in each column. Aretha on the left matched with George on the right, Elton on the left matched with Kiki on the right. George on the left matched with Elton on the right. In no case did the same singer appear twice on the same side.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 16:28 GMT
You can have the exact same name in both the left and the right column as long as the singers that they are matching are not also represented in 2 columns as well. Jennifer Warnes, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney are okay because their matches are only represented as matches specific to them. I didn't notice the mistake when I tested it several times before launch because I always matched Elton with Kiki before I got around to George. Another way of thinking of it is - Elton & George AND George & Elton cannot both be correct answers. I did retest the quiz a few times (in horror) before I tweaked things differently. Despite their protestations I had to let the sun go down on them.
Dec 20th, 2012 at 19:17 GMT
Bob and Doug McKenzie?
Dec 20th, 2012 at 22:13 GMT
I made this an Editor's Pick because I kept hearing the creator's name in music while shopping.
JoeBeta watch out
JoeBeta not cry
JoeBeta not pout, I'm telling you why...
Dec 20th, 2012 at 23:04 GMT
Dec 20th, 2012 at 23:19 GMT
Friends listen to Endless Love in the dark.
Dec 22nd, 2012 at 01:46 GMT
Let's see...Paul McCartney...and Paul McCartney! Of course he sang with himself... *facepalm*
Dec 22nd, 2012 at 21:46 GMT
Wait, so "Glory of Love" and "Power of Love" aren't related? (And I do second the notion of having Barbara Streisand sing with her clone.)
Game published: Jan 14th, 2013 at 19:00 GMT
Jan 14th, 2013 at 19:18 GMT
@ARandomBattery (in the archived comments): Check out Streisand's "Just for the Record" box-set (or the "Highlights" 1-disc set). There's actually a Streisand self-duet of "You'll Never Know." It combines a cleaned-up, remastered version of her 13-year old self (the original was recorded in 1955) with her adult self. (Both sets also include the original 1955 version she did.)
I know she's done a similar thing in some of her concerts--using home-film footage or movie footage where she's singing and then she starts singing live on stage along with the film version (typically offering up harmony or counterpoint to the film performance).
Jan 14th, 2013 at 21:58 GMT
Love the George Michael/Aretha Franklin collaboration. Fantastic song.
Jan 14th, 2013 at 23:56 GMT
Didn't Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra team up on SNL, years ago?
Jan 15th, 2013 at 00:24 GMT
Well...at least I got all the old people answers.
Jan 15th, 2013 at 00:31 GMT
@Karmacode Take off, eh!!
Jan 15th, 2013 at 00:41 GMT
Streisand also has a duet with Celine Dion called Tell Him. And yes, I'm ashamed that I know that.
Jan 15th, 2013 at 06:45 GMT
@tuckeric: Streisand also has a virtual duet with Marlon Brando--the song "I'll Know" on her 1994 "The Concert" CD.
Jan 15th, 2013 at 22:19 GMT
Burned by the critical error not accepting Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. Tell Him was massive! I mean, there have been enough duets throughout the years that you shouldn't have a problem having unique people in each column and not having overlap.
Jan 15th, 2013 at 22:22 GMT
Also completely disregarding rap music and rappers because you don't think it's a real duet is an outdated and incredibly ignorant point of view.
Jan 16th, 2013 at 14:06 GMT
@dwmdm - Tell Him was not massive in the US. It was not a #1 song on the Hot 100 chart here. It didn't chart at all. I could not tell from your profile what country you live in. I wish more Sporclers would at least list what country they live in in their profiles. Different songs have varying results (sometimes wildly varying results) in different countries. I can no longer edit this quiz so I cannot change the question to "the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart".
Jan 16th, 2013 at 14:18 GMT
@dwmdm - I am guilty as charged in believing that in a duet both people should sing, and just to show you what an old fogie I am - if nobody is playing a musical instrument, it's not a band.
Jan 18th, 2013 at 09:51 GMT
@JoeBeta...do you mean you DON'T think some Cowell-created pile of (expletive deleted) constitutes a band???
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Jan 28th, 2013 at 18:43 GMT
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Feb 3rd, 2013 at 18:25 GMT
Piece 'o cake.
Feb 11th, 2013 at 05:38 GMT
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