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Shayne wants Prince collaboration

Shayne Ward has revealed he would like to collaborate with Prince.

The former X Factor winner has been heavily inspired by the seven-time Grammy winner, with his new album Obsession influenced by Prince's classic hit Purple Rain.

"Purple Rain is one of my favourite songs, and I covered it in my first tour, and if you hear the title track Obsession, I would love nothing more than to have Prince actually play on it - that would be incredible," he said.

"I would love to work with him. Is he appearing on The X Factor? I'm sure I can drop a few words with Simon [Cowell] and see how it goes," he joked.

Shayne has a list of stars he would like to perform with.

"I love the legends - people like Tom Jones are who I've always admired," he said, before adding: "Also the younger ones like P!nk because she's so different, and Katy Perry."

It's been three years since the 26-year-old last released new music.

"It's a lot longer than I expected to be away, but I needed the time to make sure the album is how I wanted it to turn out. I went home to see my family, had a holiday and some normality in my life," he explained.

:: Shayne's single Gotta Be Somebody and album Obsession are available now.

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