Jermaine Dupri is producing a charity song, “Change,” inspired by “We Are the World” — with planned artists including Johntá Austin, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland, Monica, Miguel, Gary Clark Jr., JoJo, Eric Bellinger and Angel.
But hitmaker Dupri revealed that he’s taken a page from Quincy Jones when it comes to artists rejecting the opportunity. “I’ve had a few people who rejected being on the song, a week ago those rejections had me in a f–ked up space,” he told Page Six.
“I’m trying to do something good for the cause … so I had to get myself out of that funk. I’m a songwriter, so when someone rejects one of my songs, I start thinking the song sucks immediately.”
That’s when “I started reading. I read that when Quincy and Michael [Jackson] did ‘We Are the World,’ Prince came to the studio, and he rejected being on the song. When I saw that, it relieved me because I’m like, ‘That’s why Prince wasn’t on the song, because he didn’t like the song.’
“[I also read] Cyndi [Lauper] thought the song sounded like a soap commercial or something, and a couple of others said they didn’t love the song … So, that gave me my next week of confidence and I started reaching out to the Detroit Choir … It’s a song that represents this current time that we’re in,” he said.
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