Hear Another Snippet of 'Mood Ring'
"Mood Ring", produced by DJ Mustard is just a day away from being released on the Japanese version of Glory.
The song’s co-writer, Melanie Fontana, who’s also responsible for penning upcoming cuts for The Chainsmokers, is speaking out about the track, which is a “favorite” by Britney’s A&R, Karen.
Fontana says that she wanted to write a song about mood swings.
"I wrote the song with my friend Jon [Asher], who is an amazing songwriter and one of my really good friends. I had an idea: I wanted to write a song called “Mood Swings.” We started with some melodies and nothing really hit us. So we went down, started to hang out in his kitchen, had something to eat, and he was like ‘Mood swings, mood swings…what about mood ring?' And I was like 'Oh my God, ‘Mood Ring’!' And that’s kind of how it happened: basically joking around while we were having a snack in the kitchen. He came up with the title. We were thinking about it, in our minds, as The Chainsmokers featuring Britney Spears. So that was the concept and sound.”
And it was written with Britney’s life in mind.
“We were writing it for Britney from the beginning. Whether or not it got cut by Britney, we were not sure at that moment, but we were writing it from the perspective. By the way, we’re diehard fans — like childhood on, all the way on up. I think he and I both have a great channel for Britney, just because we're superfans. That’s how the start was birthed. We love how Britney’s gone through all her phases, and hair colors, and literally, like, mood swings. Her whole life is like a mood ring.”
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And then DJ Mustard got involved.
"One of Jon and my really good friends is also friends with Mustard and that whole team. So he emailed the acapella for us to Mustard’s camp. And within, like, two days of him sending the acapella out to Mustard, we had a scratch demo."
Then Mustard reached out to Britney.
“We knew the song was really, really special, but we didn’t realize it until it was that quick of a turnaround. About a month after that, I got a phone call while I was working in Finland that Britney was recording it. Mustard delivered it to Britney... Our sound was just so perfect for her — it was a no brainer when he gave it to Larry Rudolph.”
And Britney loved it (at first).
“We were told by the head of A&R, Karen Kwak, that it was her favorite song, initially. It was her favorite song. Over and over again, this is what we kept hearing. She felt the most connected to it of all the songs, which is why we were so surprised when we found out it was just on the Japanese edition.”
But Fontana says it's a smart move.
“At first, I won’t lie, I was upset — it’s being banished to Japan! But I do a lot of work and writing in Japan and Korea, so I know records still actually sell over there. It’s smart, knowing physical copies will fly off the shelves over there. [Glory] will probably be No. 1 in Japan on the 14th. They’re being wise. You have to buy the whole album. They’re just being smart about it.”
They’ve got more songs lined up for Brit when she’s ready to record again.
“We wrote probably, like, ten more songs that could have gone on her album. Me, Jon Asher and I — we could bring back 2001 Britney today if that’s what they wanted. We have ten other “Mood Ring”-s in the holster. But her album was already so politically tied up that, basically, there some blockade with management. She wasn’t able to cut the songs. Our goal for Number 10 is that we get 10-for-10 on her 10th album. I want to Executive Produce the whole thing. I know that sounds a little delusional."
Hear another snippet of the song below.
"Mood Ring" arrives on September 14.