WATCH: Naya Rivera & 2CELLOS's Seductive 'Supermassive Black Hole'
By Andrew Villagomez
In a galactic-themed music video, Glee's Naya Rivera provides vocals and Santana-like mannerisms for 2CELLOS (Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser) and their version of Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole." This is not the first time the three have worked together, “We became friends with Naya last year on the set of Glee and this is a perfect follow up to our appearance on the Michael Jackson tribute episode,” says Luka. Their take on Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," along with Grant Gustin, became an instant hit.
“We love Naya’s sexy voice – it’s perfect for this song!” says Stjepan. “We recreated Muse’s amazing guitar riff on the cello and by using different sound effects, we gave this traditionally classical instrument a more contemporary, rock sound.” In the video, the boys have a string battle and bring a holographic Naya to life—who ditched her straightener and had fun with the crimper apparently. So much hair!
2CELLOS' sophomore album, IN2ITION, is set for release on January 15, 2013. The duo will take their original concept of their classical-pop/rock style further by including guest artists such as Elton John and Sky Ferreira, and of course Naya. Along with “Supermassive Black Hole,” the new album will offer covers of Coldplay's “Clocks," Rihanna's “We Found Love," Elton John's "Candle In The Wind," Cher's “Bang Bang” with vocals by Sky Ferreira (whom channels the Nancy Sinatra version), and Fleetwood Mac's “Oh, Well," sung by Elton John.
“Elton suggested that we cover ‘Oh Well’ because he thought it would be perfect for the cello. We said we’d do it if he sang on it and he agreed!” says Stjepan. “It’s a fairly unknown Fleetwood Mac song and Elton’s voice sounds amazing on the track.” Which I have to agree with Stjepan after giving it a listen, Elton really helps capture the blues rock sound of Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green from the original version.