Ariana Grande & Jessie J Say They Are Not Covering “The Boy Is Mine”, So Let Us Exhale In Unison
I remember the day Twitter almost imploded vividly. The year was 2014. It was the eleventh day of the month of November. The catalyst: Legendary producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins told HITS Daily Double he was working on a cover of Brandy and Monica's “The Boy Is Mine”. He said pop stars Ariana Grande and Jessie J would be tasked with recording a “reimagined” version of the 1998 megahit. Many—myself included— gnashed our teeth and clawed at the sky when we read this. (I can't speak for everyone, but my feelings weren't personal. I really do love Grande and Jessie. But nobody messes with "The Boy Is Mine". ) Well, it looks like our visceral reactions were all for naught: Both Grande and Jessie J deny that cover is in the works.
According the Mirror, when asked about the reported "The Boy Is Mine" duet, Jessie J said the following:
No, it’s not true, neither of us have agreed. Sadly people are believing it. I spoke to Brandy and I was like, ‘no it’s not happening’. Monica and Brandy are the best.
On Dec. 2, Grande addressed the alleged cover on UK radio station Capital FM:
No that’s such [a rumor]. It’s a classic. It should remain untouched … I’m a humongous fan of that song and Brandy is one of my favorite vocalists ever. I don’t think I would [cover the song], just because I love the original so much. I would love to work with [Jessie J and Nicki Minaj] again … Maybe just not on a cover of such a perfect classic!
Well, then. There it is. I have zero idea as to why Darkchild said otherwise, but "The Boy Is Mine" will not be covered by Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Looks like the perfect song will remain untouched after all.
Again, no offense to Ari or Jessie, but WHEW. Gave us quite a scare!