Fallon teams up with Grande and Megan Thee Stallion for the holidays

Yes, he is the host of the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. And of course he’s been in movies, been a regular on “Saturday Night Live” and just launched a new show, “That’s My Jam”.

But Jimmy Fallon always wanted his “That Thing You Do!” moment in the film when he hears his song on the radio. And he’s ready for that moment on Tuesday when his holiday single “It Was A… (Masked Christmas)”, starring Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion, is released.

“I almost feel like I’m Beyoncé or Drake,” Fallon told The Associated Press. “I’ve always wanted to surprise a single and now it’s happening. It’s crazy what life is.

“It Was A… (Masked Christmas)” began as an idea Fallon played with in August while recording at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan. “I wanted to write something reflecting how difficult it was for everyone last year during the holidays and that it will get better,” he said, adding that he was looking to improve. humor by putting Purell on everything and families cram into the laundry room to access Zoom because that’s where the best Wi-Fi is. He also liked how fun it is to say ‘boost’, especially with a Boston accent.

While writing the song with producer Ido Zmishlany, best known for his work with Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, Fallon had Grande in mind to sing the hook, but when he reached out to her he didn’t hear any of it. away because she was busy as a coach on “The Voice”. Then, in mid-October, she responds by saying, “I love this song. You look nice. I think it’s so funny. Let’s do this. I’m on it. I’ll be recording in the studio tomorrow.

She also asks who is going to rap the song, which Fallon did in the demo. Grande texts Megan Thee Stallion, who replies, “Are you kidding me? Ariana and Jimmy, my two besties? Let’s do it. “

Fallon was shocked at how quickly things were moving for the song. “It was nothing a week ago,” he said. “And now the two biggest stars in the world are saying, ‘Let’s play and make a video. “”

While the result was light and campy, filming the video was difficult due to everyone’s busy schedules. Fallon shot his scenes with Grande in Los Angeles, having recorded two episodes of “That’s My Jam,” including one with Grande and the rest of the coaches of “The Voice.” He then shoots his scenes with Megan Thee Stallion in New York a few weeks later.

At a time when getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be seen as a controversial issue, Fallon is hoping people will see the song in the spirit it was created in. “If we can get people to go and get vaccinated or get vaccinated, that would be amazing,” he said. “Otherwise, I hope it just makes people smile and have a good time.”

Fallon, who has long been a fan of Christmas music all year round, said the pandemic had inspired him to generate good humor.

“It was kind of a wake-up call where you were like, ‘Why not do all we can to make people happy?’” He said. “We forget about these things. And now is the perfect time to celebrate and come together.

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