Label Exec: Ariana Grande Originally Hated 'Bang Bang'
August 22, 2016
In a recent interview with Billboard, Wendy Goldstein, the Executive VP/Head of Urban A&R at the trio’s label Republic Records spilled the beans on the pop star's initial reaction to the song. “It’s very rare that you sit on something for a long time — two, three, four years — and pull it back out again. If I think a song is strong, I try to flip it really quick," she explained. "The best example of that was ‘Bang Bang.’ It was written for Ariana [Grande]. She cut it, and she hated it."
Regardless of Ari's feelings, Goldstein ended up sending it to Jessie J and then got the Young Money honey to lend a rap to the pop banger. "I made them finish the record anyway," she confessed. "And then I was scared to send it to Ari. So I sent it to [Republic Records chairman/CEO] Monte Lipman and said, ‘Play this for Ariana.’ When she heard it, she was like, ‘I want it back.'”
It just goes to show you how important of a role business plays in some of the biggest collaborations around.
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