Back when watered-down EDM was still raging on American radio, we had to sit through countless RedOne, Calvin Harris, Dr. Luke songs that all sounded exactly the same. Now that hip-hop has made a comeback, it looks like we’re going to have to do the same with urban clones if Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” is anything to go by.
The song –co-written by Katy Perry and produced by her frequent collaborators Stargate and Benny Blanco– was originally recorded for Prism before it was scrapped and handed over to Iggy, and you can tell.
I imagine the conversation in the studio between Perry and her A&R went a little like this…
A&R: So we need to finalize the Prism tracklist. It’s all pretty much done except for those trap-pop songs you did for rhythmic radio.
Katy: Oh yeah, the horse one and the widow one, right?
A&R: Yeah. Luke did “Dark Horse” and you know he likes you to use as many of his songs as possible, so I think you should go with that one.
Katy: Okay. I like the horse song better anyway.
A&R: Great. And we can always sell the leftovers to less successful artists down the line so you’ll still make some money off the stuff you don’t use. I know Iggy Azalea is looking for material right now.
Katy: Cool. Just make sure “Dark Horse” is done at radio before you give the other song away. I need to make sure I’m the first white girl snap dancing and doing trap.
A&R: Oh no need to worry about that. Iggy’s album has been pushed back a bunch of times so it won’t be out for a while yet.
Sound about right?