Kylie Minogue Reveals She Nearly Cut a Song With Prince

Kylie Minogue melted more than a few minds when she dueted with Nick Cave on 1995’s “Where The Wild Roses Grow.”

It turns out, the Australian singer very nearly collaborated with American musical royalty, Prince.

Earlier this week, Kylie sat for a chat with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, during which she explored some of the highpoints of her dazzling pop career, and a jawdropping near-miss.

“Well, I had an almost dream come true, which was with Prince,” she recounts. Following his show at London’s Earl’s Court in the early ‘90s, Minogue met the Purple One and summoned the courage to mention her album plans.

“We just kind of hung out. I don’t even know what that means, but we hung out and he kind of put me on the spot a bit. He was like, ‘So where are your lyrics?'”

After some back and forth, Prince sent his driver to Kylie’s apartment with a tape. “There’s a cassette in my hand with Prince singing, a song called ‘Baby Doll,’ that I kind of was involved with, but he who slept four hours a night or something and just created stuff the rest of the other 20 hours. That was my almost, we didn’t record it.”

How close did their joint effort get to a full studio treatment? “I suggested it to my label and I think he would want it to do it all and they weren’t into that. That was that. I might’ve been kind of gutsy, but I wasn’t… I don’t know. I wasn’t sure enough of myself to say, ‘No.’”

Minogue can have few other regrets in her career. The former Neighbors star has seven U.K. No. 1 singles and 51 Top 40 hits. And her albums have ruled the U.K. chart on seven occasions, with 25 titles impacting the Top 40.

She will add to that tally with her 15th studio album Disco, due out Friday (Nov. 6). It’s the followup to 2018’s Golden, which ruled the charts in the U.K. and Australia (a career retrospective, Step Back In Time, also went to No. 1 in the U.K. last year, around the time of her headline performance at Glastonbury Festival).

The inspiration for Disco was mined from the dancefloors of Studio 54’s glory days. “Some of the best disco as we know, is really sad. And it’s dressed in sequins, and it’s lit with colored lights,” she explained. “And of course, disco’s history is rooted in the need and desire to have a place to express yourself and be yourself without judgment or not be yourself, whichever way you’re inclined. And I think Studio 54, it will forever be a source of inspiration for so many people. Creating their own worlds.”

Also, Apple Music has dropped the At Home with Kylie Minogue session featuring a cover of Troy Sivan’s “Cool,” alongside “Say Something” and “Magic.” Stream it below.

Bella Hadid Calls Lil Pump ‘Irresponsible’ for Endorsing Trump

Bella Hadid is disappointed in Lil Pump for his decision to endorse Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

“This is so irresponsible. This kid is a loser,” Hadid wrote on her Instagram Stories on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3), commenting on Lil Pump’s recent “MAGA” posts.

The rapper showed his support for Trump when he joined him at a Grand Rapids, Mich., campaign rally on Nov. 2. Trump fumbled over Lil Pump’s name when making the introduction and inviting him to the stage.

“And speaking of sound, music and other things, one of the big superstars of the world, Little Pimp,” Trump said at the event. “There he is! How’s it going? Do you want to come up and say something?”

Trump eventually used Lil Pump’s correct name and asked the crowd, “Does everyone know who he is? Do you know how big he is?”

“I came here to say, Mr. President, I appreciate everything you’ve done for our country,” Lil Pump, wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and no mask, said. “You brought the troops home and you’re doing the right thing. MAGA 20, 20, 20. Don’t forget that! Don’t forget that. And do not vote for Sleepy Joe at all!”

He’s now using the Trump-given “Lil Pimp” moniker on his Instagram account.

 

The Players Behind Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’: See the Full Credits

Ariana Grande’s “Positions” shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week, earning the singer her fifth No. 1 debut on the chart.

The latest chart triumph for Grande makes her the first artist ever to enjoy five No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100, extending her lead over Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Drake and Travis Scott, all of whom have three. She’s also the first artist ever to have three Hot 100 No. 1 debuts in a single year — after “Stuck With U” (with Bieber) and “Rain On Me” (with Lady Gaga) — as well as the first to top both of Billboard’s recently-introduced global charts, the Global 200 and the Global 200 Excl. U.S., in the same week.

Explore the team of musicians, producers, engineers and more behind the track with recording credits provided by Jaxsta below.

Artists:
Main Artist – Ariana Grande

Songwriters:
Composer Lyricist – Angelina Barrett
Composer Lyricist – Ariana Grande
Composer Lyricist – Brian Vincent Bates
Composer Lyricist – James Jarvis
Composer Lyricist – London Holmes
Composer Lyricist – Nija Charles
Composer Lyricist – Steven Franks
Composer Lyricist – Tommy Brown

Vocal Arranger – Ariana Grande

Producers:
Producer – London On Da Track
Producer – Mr. Franks
Producer – Tommy Brown

Production Team:
Vocal Producer – Ariana Grande

Engineers:
Engineer – Ariana Grande
Engineer – Billy Hickey

Mastering Engineer – Randy Merrill

Mixer – Serban Ghenea

Performers: 
Background Vocalist – Ariana Grande

Guitar – James Jarvis

Other Contributors:
A&R – Kenneth Jarvis III
A&R – Wendy Goldstein

Labels:
Distributor – Universal Music Group

Label – Republic Records

Explore the full “Positions” credits on Jaxsta here.

Joel Corry & MNEK on Why the Timing Was Just Right for Their ‘Uplifting’ Dance Smash ‘Head & Heart’

When Joel Corry started working on what would become his song “Head & Heart” exactly a year ago, he could have never foreseen what the next 12 months had in store. But somehow, the British DJ was creating exactly what the world would need in a song come springtime: an effervescent, sing-along dance track that takes your mind to someplace where nightclubs are still open and festival lawns are still packed with care-free crowds.

And Corry landed a perfect partner for the dance-floor gem in MNEK, who was passed Joel’s demo in March — just as the world was locking down — and sent the DJ an Instagram DM to join in on the fun.

I was fascinated anyways just to get a DM from MNEK, ’cause I’ve been a fan of his for so many years,” Corry tells Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast (listen to the full episode below). “…We couldn’t get into the studio because all of the studios were being closed. But he recorded his vocals at home, and he’d written the new parts to the song that needed writing and sent it back to me. And I was just like, ‘Bang!’ I was like, ‘That’s it! You’ve absolutely smashed it.’ He kind of put all these missing pieces of the ‘Head & Heart’ puzzle together that I needed.”

Now, the unstoppable song has spent six weeks at No. 1 in the pair’s native U.K., and it breaks through to the Billboard Hot 100 just this week, after already hitting the top 40 at U.S. pop radio last month.

For MNEK’s part, it was a change of pace from his normal double-duty of producing and singing on a track. This time, he sang the vocals already laid out on Joel’s demo and added a pre-chorus. “It was great to just hear a song and be like, ‘This is a great song, and I’m gonna sing it. Oh, you want me to add a part to it? Great! Cool! I’m just adding to an already great song,'” he says. “And I can be objective, be a fan of it, and then contribute to it as well. And I think that was what was most fun about it — that I could collaborate and just be confident that I’m being a part something I really think is great and that is worth having loads of ears on it.”

Below, find out more about why they think the song connected, promoting music during a pandemic, and what’s next for each of them.

Why “Head & Heart” was the right song at the right time:

MNEK: “When I’d heard the song, it had come at the beginning of lockdown, and it was very much a godsend. I think that song, like, I think when times are dark and kind of uncertain … When I got sent it, from the moment I heard it to when I recorded it, it was less than 24 hours. I just knew there was something about it and something that I wanted to be a part of. And the entire process was just so great and so fun and just a really quick turnaround and quick response.”

Corry: “I do think timing as well. Like MNEK said, it came at a time when the world needed a positive, uplifting song and a sort of track that’s gonna brighten up people’s days, and I think that’s what this track does.”

Promoting the song in a pandemic:

Corry: “All my touring and gigging has been canceled or postponed. The weirdest thing about this single for me is I never tested it in a nightclub or played it in front of a crowd during the production process. … I’m dreaming of those days when the festivals come back and I can play that record in front of thousands of people. I think it’s just gonna be the most amazing moment. Next year, me and MNEK, I’m sure we’re going to be on the festival circuit.”

MNEK: “It’s been fun to promote a record and not leave your house. [LaughsLike I’ll just be in bed and have an interview.”

What’s next for Joel & MNEK:

Corry: “I’ve been working on loads of new music, and obviously when the time’s right, I’ll come with the next one — probably next year, just because ‘Head & Heart’ is still growing around the world. But I’ve been really busy doing a lot of remixes at the moment as well. I’ve just remixed Sam Smith’s new single [‘Diamonds’]. I did Katy Perry’s ‘Smile’ track as well. I did Clean Bandit’s new song [‘Tick Tock’ with Mabel and 24kGoldn], I’ve just done a remix for Jax Jones. So yeah, I’m going in on the remixes right now as well. But yeah, I’m in a really good quiet space. I’m just really focused on my music, and I’m really excited for next year.”

MNEK: “I have been focusing more on the behind-the-scenes stuff. … I’m also on a new dance song by Sleepwalkrs called ‘More Than Words’ that came out a couple weeks ago. So that’s also cool. But I mean, for the most part, I’m just, I’m now at a place where I’m just happy to make music. So it’s really not even about me being the face of it or like the voice behind it or anything. I look up to people like Timbaland and Pharrell and Quincy Jones. I really just want to be that as far as my career, so that involves just being a part of music, period. So that said, I’ve done a lot of stuff on this new Little Mix album. So their new single ‘Sweet Melody,’ I’ve co-written and co-produced. And I’m literally, I’m actually in with Mabel today, just recording some stuff for her new album.”

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)  

Kanye West Confirms He Voted for Himself

Kanye West’s first time voting in a presidential election was one to remember.

The rapper and presidential candidate voted for himself in the 2020 election, and he posted pictures documenting the experience.

“God is so good,” West, face mask on and “I Voted” sticker adorning his blue sweatshirt, tweeted on Election Day on Tuesday (Nov. 3). “Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me.”

“The first vote of my life,” he added in another update that showed his name handwritten on the Wyoming ballot. “We are here to serve. We pray for every servant leader in the world.”

West’s name was on the ballot in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.

In another tweet, he said: “KEEP BELIEVING KANYE 2020 Thank you Jesus Christ.”

See his Election Day messages and selfies below.

Leslie Odom Jr. Encourages Voters to ‘Wait for It’ With ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Election PSA

Leslie Odom Jr. is prepping voters to be ready to “Wait for It.”

The Tony-winning star of Hamilton has repurposed his breakout song from the hit musical into an election anthem, urging the importance of counting every ballot rather than rushing to declare a winner on election night.

“In this historic election, millions of you have mailed your ballots or dropped them off, and all of us deserve to be counted,” says Odom Jr. in a PSA for nonpartisan anti-corruption group RepresentUs. “These are votes from our grandparents staying safe from COVID, our overseas military sending in their ballots by mail; our neighbors, our friends, nurses, teachers, firefighters. This is actually simple: voting is one of our fundamental rights and counting votes is the foundation of democracy.”

Appearing among everyday Americans and frontline workers, along with cameos from Amy Schumer, Ed Helms and Alysia Reiner, Odom Jr. adds,”It may take time, but your vote is worth waiting for. And I’m willing to wait for it.”

The message follows President Trump’s repeated insistence that the final results of the presidential contest must be decided on Tuesday, amid historic numbers of mail-in ballots and varying state laws about when votes will be counted.

“Our Founding Fathers led a revolution to secure our right to vote, and many Americans are still fighting it,” says RepresentUS president Joshua Graham Lynn. “Our votes are sacred, and counting our votes is solemn. This year, Americans across the political spectrum need to be ready to ‘Wait For It.”

Watch the video below.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.