TVD’s 10 Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways: Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game (Signed)

One of Canada’s finest musical exports, Mr. Rufus Wainwright, recently released “Out of the Game,” the first single and title track from his forthcoming album, to be released on Decca Records.  Although the Mark Ronson-produced album isn’t set to hit shelves until May 1st, in celebration of the upcoming Record Store Day, TVD has your chance to snag a signed (!!!) copy of it right now.

While recording Out of the Game in May of last year, Wainwright told Rolling Stone that his upcoming album is his danciest, poppiest record yet, saying, “I just want to make something you love, driving around in your car listening or losing your mind to on a dancefloor.  Something to serenade us through these very, very troubling times.”  The Grammy Award-winning singer also revealed that the songs on his newest album were heavily influenced by two major personal moments in his life, including the death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, and the birth of his daughter, Viva.

In addition to Ronson’s work behind the boards, Out of the Game features guest appearances from Sean Lennon, members of the Dap Kings, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, and Martha Wainwright (the singer’s sister), to name a few. Wainwright has also mentioned that he was heavily influenced by pop heavy hitters David Bowie, Elton John, and Queen during the Out of the Game writing and recording sessions.

If you want to add a signed copy of one of the most anticipated albums of 2012 to your record collection, comment below and tell us your favorite song featuring a collaborating artist.

I’m going to go with “Valerie” by the aforementioned Mark Ronson, featuring Amy Winehouse.

A winner with a North American mailing address will be selected a week from today, on Tuesday, April 3rd.

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  • DH

    I love Valerie too but I’m going to say Sinatra and Bono – Under My Skin.

  • phapharra

    Antony and the Johnsons (with Lou Reed) – Fistful Of Love.

  • 1eyegeorge

    I know picking Stevie Ray Vaughn playing on “China Girl” doesn’t really count.  I mean, come on, it really should.
    So I’ll pick “Slow Burn”, with David Bowie and Pete Townshend.  Until, in a fit of petulant baby anger, Pete becomes Bowie’s guitarist and tells Who fans he’s sold all of the Who catalog to Proctor & Gamble, this song still counts.

  • ramblinmand

    Somebody To Love Me by Mark Ronson feat Boy George
    I hope I win the album because I love Rufus. I’m a huge fan and just took a train 6 hours to see him live in Charlottesville VA.

  • JonLecouris

    You have to pick Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. There is not a more prolific and explosive duo than that. The song is truly one of the greatest collaborations in pop music history!

  • JonLecouris

    Then. . . to be honest, you can add Vanilla Ice to make it a trio.

  • Antonio Celia

    Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong-“The Nearness of You”

    Perhaps not the best known song by this gigantic duo, but one that for me captures the essence of a collaboration: each time one of them takes lead, the own it.

  • cindyloohoo66

    One I really like is ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’ by Snow Patrol with Martha Wainwright. The sound of Gary and Martha’s voice is wonderful.

  • catweazle

    Rufus & Antony on “Old Whore’s Diet” has to be my favourite ever collaboration! Can’t wait for “Out of the Game!”

  • macfinn

    Bluegrass Stain’d is such a smooth song and concoction of great beats + rich roots!  Get em Ronson, keep rollin’!

  • JillMcManusPerdue

    well since we are talking about Rufus..i think the greatest collaboration was the moment his parents created him,  second to that it would be t he two of them performing  Over The Hill (Duet With Kate McGarrigle) appears on the album Unrequited. Loudon Wainwright III

  • operaglass

    I adore “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing Baby” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell.  So soulful and wonderful!

  • KZ

    I like what JillMcManusPerdue says. Really clever, Jill. :0)A collaboration by Loudon and Kate that created Rufus! Genius.But as for singing collaborations, well, there are so many.But I am always a sucker for Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons singing “Love Hurts.” It’s a simple arrangement but very ingeniously done in stereo with her coming out of one side and him out of the other. And you can feel the pain in their voices. He never sings the same phrase the same way twice. There is always a new vocal hook.

    • KZ

      Oh and Emmylou’s voice breaks your heart every time.

  • Ursula

    I agree with you. “Valerie” by Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse

  • IanGoodliffe

    Seriously, no one else but Rufus could have pulled off the ENTIRE Judy Garland at Carnagie Hall concert, and not make it sound like a cheap rip off; but other than Rufus I would have so say that my pick for best collaboration ever would have to go to
    David Bowie & Queen’s “Under Pressure”.
    I’m stoked to hear what came out of this collaboration – Mark Ronson’s album didn’t leave my ipod for a good year after the fact, and I think I own near every other Rufus CD since seeing him live for the first time in Vancouver, nearly 10 years ago.
    Still, I can imagine if Rufus had a chance to work with Freddie Mercury!! FML Epic! Stick that in your collaborative pipe.

    • JonLecouris

       @IanGoodliffeI already picked Under Pressure lol. I don’t think we are allowed to pick the same songs 😛

  • Jie

    Somebody That I Used To Know -Gotye (feat. Kimbra)

  • IanGoodliffe

    Damn – sorry JonLecouris! (should’ve read a little further down.. my bad.)
    If “Under Pressure” has already been mentioned, how about:
    “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Eric Clapton/Beatles)  or
    “Bedtime Stories” (Bjork/Madonna).
    Both collaborations are award winning.

    • JonLecouris

       @IanGoodliffe Love While My Guitar Gently Weeps 😀 I hope I didn’t steal your thunder. Good luck anyways! 😀

      • IanGoodliffe

         @JonLecouris No worries – I appreciate that you even said something. 😀

        • JonLecouris

           @IanGoodliffe I still hope I win 😛 hahah. But either way i’m sure this record will find a good home 😀

    • logridersdaughter

      @IanGoodliffe I love Bjork! Thumbs up for giving Madge some decent material.

      • IanGoodliffe

        @logridersdaughter I’m a fan myself – she’s such an incredible talent.

  • JonLecouris

    Quick question, what are you little things that say (6 pts) or (7pts)?

    • oliviaung

       @JonLecouris these are Livefyre points:

  • oliviaung

    The winner has been notified. Check your email!

  • RufusLover

    Well I guess I didn’t win.