Once upon a time, Monica and Brandy turned their much-presumed rivalry into a number-one hit with “The Boy Is Mine.” Now, 16 years later, the producer of that song says he’s going to get Ariana Grande and Jessie J to fight over the same guy, too — at least in song.
To celebrate his 20 years in music, producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins is recruiting new artists to cover some of his biggest hits. That means two-thirds of the “Bang Bang” team — it’s not too late to get Nicki Minaj on the track, is it? — will take on the ’90s classic. Meanwhile, “Stay With Me” crooner Sam Smith has already called dibs on Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” which, for the uninitiated, is sort of like the Serial podcast if the Serial podcast were actually an R&B hit. (She uses receipts and phone records to solve the mystery of a lying lover!)
“Sam told me [that] was the song that made him want to sing,” Jerkins told Hits Daily Double. “When I asked him if he’d be a part of this project, he was like, ‘No one else can do that song but me!'”