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Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ Featuring Maren Morris Went Through 12 Singers Before Becoming A Hit

 

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Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more have recorded their rendition of "The Middle," the chart-topping track by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.

The single is now in its third week at the first spot of the pop radio.

On Billboard Hot 100, it currently sits at the number 5 spot right behind Drake's "Nice For What" and "God's Plan," Bebe Rexha's "Meant To Be," and Post Malone's "Psycho."

However, the people behind the hit single revealed that crafting a chart-topping pop song entailed a lot of work. The most difficult part of the whole production was finding the powerful voice that the sad and heartbreaking lyrics required.

"It was a super long process," said Stefan Johnson of Monsters & Strangerz.

"We never lost the feeling for that song," added Jordan Johnson. "Even a year later, I, as a creator hadn't gotten tired of it. It was special."

Perfecting A Pop Track

"The Middle" was first sent to Lovato who recorded a rendition of the track in April last year. However, songwriter Sarah Aarons was not happy with the verse the former Disney star performed. Aarons decided to rewrite some verses because it did not sound right.

They sent the track back to Lovato, but the singer rejected it because "it was too pop." The 25-year-old, instead, opted to record "Sorry Not Sorry," which also became a chart-topper.

They offered the track to Cabello who loved the "The Middle," but did not want to release another track in the fear that it might overshadow her own debut "Havana."

The chart-topping track was also offered to Anne-Marie who recorded a great rendition with Zedd and Grey but eventually, she had to back out because of the release of "Friends" with Marshmello. Jepsen, Bebe Rexha, Tove Lo, and Bishop Briggs all recorded vocals for the track but were not exactly able to deliver what Stefan, Jordan, and Monsters & Strangerz had been looking for.

Eventually, the came across Morris who recorded a version on her own that no one else has heard. Zedd listened to her work, loved it, and flew to Nashville in order to record "The Middle" with her.

"The lyrics took on a whole new meaning when Maren sang. All of a sudden, you believe it," Stefan recalled. "The taps are running. Dishes are broken. It sounded a little Nashville and felt right. We were pumped. They sent new art with a new name again."

Zedd Releases Music Video

To celebrate the song's continued success on the charts, Zedd has released a music video on Wednesday, April 25.

The three-minute video, which also features Morris, was shot vertically. Taylor Swift did a similar video for her own chart-topper, "Delicate."

In "The Middle," Morris, who is wearing a black, sleeveless crop top, and a long black skirt, sing the catchy lyrics in front of bright neon lights while Zedd and Grey play around her.

Watch the music video below.

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