“It’s my record now,” responded the 19 year-old when I asked her if she “covered” the song. “I’ve never heard (Varsity Fanclub’s).”
Debarge claims she didn’t find out until about a month after recording the song that VFC released a version prior to her recording. Initially, it caught her off guard.
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19 year-old Kristinia Debarge chatted with The RRS about her songs, "Goodbye" & "Future Love" plus opening up for Britney Spears - and you'll never believe what cell phone number we have that she doesn't!
“I was like, ‘Why am I doing this record? That’s someone else’s!’ (Island Def Jam Music Group) were like, ‘No no no, it’s yours,’” explained Debarge.
Producer Jim Jonsin and rapper Pitbull helped to differentiate Debarge’s version from VFC’s by releasing a remix, which IDJMG sent to radio stations in November. Similar to other tracks he cameos on, Pitbull never reached out to Debarge or the label – he simply heard the track, recorded the verse, and sent it off.
“I still haven’t got to talk to (Pitbull) about it yet, which I would love to do,” revealed Debarge. “I wanna thank him for doing this record with me. We both recorded that record separately.”
Right after she told me this, I immediately called Pitbull – but to no avail, as he didn’t pick up and his voicemail inbox was full.
Debarge is currently working on her sophomore album, the follow-up to Exposed - which spawned a Top 20 hit in "Goodbye". The singer reveals she will be writing more on this album - which is still untitled - although Debarge hints the title will have "something to do with wishes."