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Clairo originally turned down working with Jack Antonoff: “I’m petrified”

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Clairo‘s upcoming sophomore album, Sling, was co-produced by Jack Antonoff, but that’s not how she originally planned it.

In an interview for Rolling Stone‘s new cover story, the “Sofia” artist, born Claire Cottrill, reveals that she originally turned down the Bleachers frontman/frequent Taylor Swift and Lorde producer’s offer to collaborate after first meeting him over lunch.

“I can’t believe I said no!” Cottrill now laughs. “I was like, ‘I don’t think I am mentally prepared to do a record with you, sorry. Your albums are so huge that I’m petrified.'”

That changed, however, once Cottrill wrote the song “Reaper,” which, as Rolling Stone puts it, “she felt was good enough to bring to Antonoff.”

Through Antonoff, Borrill met Lorde, who contributes backing vocals on “Reaper” and the lead Sling single “Blouse.” Cottrill then provided backing vocals on Lorde’s latest single, “Solar Power.”

“It’s still really hard for me to wrap my head around these people giving me the time of day,” Cottrill shares. “Without that support, I don’t know if I would have been able to finish the record. And they like it, which is sick.”

Sling will be released July 16.

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