Jessie J is back on top and bigger than ever thanks to a little song called “Bang Bang.” Before the British singer-songwriter hooked up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for her out-of-the-blue summer 2014 smash, she was known stateside for previous hits like “Price Tag” and the magnificent slice of pop “Domino.” But for her upcoming third album, Jessie’s been working with a pedigree of musicians and songwriters that could just ensure she’ll graduate from the status of “oh, right — her” to “Oh…HER!”
“I was lucky enough to work with Tricky and The-Dream, Diplo, 2 Chainz, Max Martin, Ammo,” Jessie tells Idolator. In fact, Max “Midas Touch” Martin, who co-produced “Bang Bang,” co-wrote the infectious upcoming track from J’s new album called “Burning Up,” which features a crazy rap from 2 Chainz that the singer couldn’t help spitting out for us during the above interview. (No, really — Jessie J imitating 2 Chainz…you gotta watch it.)
Jessie admits to us that the only time she’d previously met Nicki Minaj was during a performance of “Domino” on American Idol two seasons back. “I’m hoping we can hang out, because the only time we’ve hung out since is the ['Bang Bang] video, which we shot in L.A.” she tells us. “So I’m hoping, fingers crossed, we can just, like, chill and have a hot chocolate or something normal soon.”
As for her long absence from the States after her debut album arrived, Jessie cites a foot injury she sustained three years ago. “It’s the main reason why I couldn’t come back here, because I couldn’t fly,” she explains. “I had to have a bone transplant, so the bones had to hang out and make friends and cuddle… I need to have more surgery but I’ll probably have it at the end of the year.”
Get to know more about Jessie’s upcoming music by watching Idolator’s one-on-one with the singer above.
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