Last week, it became known that Mac Miller will be appearing on the remix to Maroon 5’s chart-topping song, “Moves Like Jagger” with Christina Aguilera. XXL recently chopped it with the song’s producer, Benny Blanco, to find out more details on the unexpected collaboration.
Blanco—who is responsible for some of the biggest pop singles over the last few years, including Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” among others—told XXL that it was his idea to put the 2011 XXL Freshman on the track.
“Well, here’s what happened. Uou know I’ve been down with Mac a while ’cause I’m down with [Mac's label] Rostrum [Records],” he says. “And so I was actually sitting with one of my homies, Zvi [Edelman, vice president of A&R at Atlantic], he’s the dude that signed Wiz [Khalifa]. We were listening to it. I was like, ‘Yo, who could we put on this song?’ ’Cause, we were trying to get someone to do a remix. I was like, ‘I know exactly who,’ because I just put Mac on another remix.”
Blanco said, at that point he reached out to Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, who was all for it.
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