John Legend Taps Kelly Clarkson For An Updated Take On A Holiday Classic

Mike Nied | November 8, 2019 1:49 pm

Thanks to the fact culture constantly evolves, it is to be expected that we sometimes outgrow the classics. A prime example as we move into the holiday season is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” In recent years the anthem’s lyrics have become a target for critics who question if the song ignores consent in romantic relationships. It’s gotten to the point where some radio stations have banned the track altogether. But John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have a solution. They came through with a modernized update on the controversial standard that puts discussion of consent front and center.

Out today (November 8), the duet is part of a deluxe edition of A Legendary Christmas. And it maintains the original song’s general structure and theme. However, the lyrics are quite different. “I really can’t stay. I’ve got to go away,” Kelly sings as John offers to call her a ride home. As things develop, they continue going back and forth and eventually make a decision together. The “All Of Me” superstar opened up about the recording in a press release. “I co-wrote a fun reimagined version of the lyrics with Natasha Rothwell, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” he enthused.

He was a little more tongue-in-cheek on Instagram where he addressed criticism of the update. “A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok and destroying everything great in the history of music?,'” he wrote. “You decide.” Press play on the new version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and let us know what you think.

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