Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Pharrell and Iggy Azalea for her new song, “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” It’s a total pleasure party, and debuting today:Pharrell produced the track, which features a verse from Iggy and this hot advice from Hudson: “Whisper in his ear it makes it hotter / Don’t wipe the sweat it makes it better.”“I hope it’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: Let go of the shit that holds you back and just take a minute to dance and feel good,” Hudson told BuzzFeed News.
She continued: “It’s that perfect mix of glamorous, late-night style dance music from the past that has always really hit me deep.” The disco-tinged song was inspired by 20th century extravagance but made crisp and clean for contemporary listeners, she explained. “[Pharrell and I] were able to use music and soul to actively reminisce on those fantasy nights of the ’60s and ’70s,” Hudson said. “We really worked to keep the sound relatable, but the way the bass hits your chest and the guitar licks sort of tingle your ear really work well to transport you to a time in music history I just live for. It’s the sort of track you can’t listen to without moving and the fact that we were able to have Iggy join in on it was just what it needed. To be honest, I consider it one of the centerpieces of my album because it captures all the things that inspire me so well.” “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is taken from Hudson’s upcoming third album, JHUD, which drops Sept. 23 via RCA.
In the week between now and the album’s release, Hudson will be sharing stories about what inspired it on her Instagram.