In case you missed it, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen cover the December issue of Vanity Fair with their kids, Luna and Miles, and the family of four is fire. In the mag, the couple discuss all kinds of things, from their upbringings and politics, to their relationship with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. But buried within the fabulous feature is news that John is working on new music.
Aside from cutting vocals for his 2020 album, John is also releasing a collection of Christmas tracks later this year. He puts a jazzy spin on “This Christmas,” but it’s another song Legend is tackling that’s causing a stir . “Baby It’s Cold Outside” made headlines a year ago when Canadian radio stations pulled it due to concerns over its inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Considering how supportive John is of women, it seems like a questionable track for his album. But John revealed that the lyrics have updated to better reflect the new, more aware world we’re living in, and he enlisted his fellow ‘The Voice’ judge Kelley Clarkson to make it happen. Think “Baby It’s Cold Outside 2.0 feat. Consent.”
Vanity Fair reporter Karen Valby was understandably skeptical, but Legend was quick to clear the air and explain that the icky, “date-rapey” lyrics have been updated by Insecure writer Natasha Rothwell. Add Clarkson into the mix and the song maintains that catchy, fun vibe but with a “genuine … newfound sensitivity.” So while the original had lyrics like “Say, what’s in this drink?” and featured a man continually trying to wear down his female companion’s resolve (again, ick), Legend’s version is a massive improvement.
“What will my friends think …” asks Clarkson, to which Legend responds, “I think they should rejoice.” Kelly then finishes the line with, ” … if I have one more drink?” before John says, “It’s your body, and your choice.”
Rolling Stone adds that another section of the song now features the male suitor — in the duet’s case, John — calling the woman/Kelly a cab:
I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)
I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride)
This evening has been (So glad that you dropped in)
So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)
My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry)
Other new tracks on the album include “My Favorite Things” and “Christmas in New Orleans.” But what we really can’t wait to hear is John and Kelly performing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” live on The Voice. Because you know they will.
A Legendary Christmas: Deluxe Edition will be available on November 8.