As you know, making a video for three A-list artists was never going to be simple. A couple of weeks ago I told you all about joining Mariah and Pharrell in Paris for the shoot for MC's next single Say Something. Well, this past week I returned from LA where we had to do all Snoop's parts with him. It was a blast!
MC's first shot of the day was in a bikini that only 24 hours earlier had been two Louis Vuitton scarves! Snoop and MC together are a blast! Can you imagine the jokes?! We were teaching Snoop all our phrases like Ã‚â€œbleakosityÃ‚, Ã‚â€œfabulosity", Ã‚â€œmoments", Ã‚â€œopulence", and our very secret cocktail-toasting ritual.
The very first shot was well on its way when I heard all the security in their walkie-talkies getting over excited about the imminent arrival of a Ã‚â€œMr JonesÃ‚. I'm there thinking Ã‚â€œwho?Ã‚ Then, as quiet as lilÃ‚â€™ mice in walks... (are you ready for this readers?... I mean really ready?) In walks the legendary music impresario that is the great Quincy Jones with his sister!
Quincy sat and watched Mariah's takes and cheered and clapped to encourage her, and even told me that: Ã‚â€œMariah has a great body Ã‚â€“ and there's not one brick out of place!Ã‚ SAUCY DEVIL!
Quincy also explained to me that it was his birthday week - shared with his friend Michael Caine - and they've celebrated it together for years!
Quincy watched MC on set and hung with us in her dressing room all night where we all stole quick moments of delicious Chinese food and champagne in between filming - so if the footage on the Making of the Video is a lilÃ‚â€™ out of focus, I apologise. Hic! (Only kidding MTV bosses!)
To my delight, Quincy was so nice and seemingly unaffected by his own legendary status. He was really warm and friendly and asked me to keep saying lots of English words that he liked hearing in a British accent that amused him like Ã‚â€œaluminumÃ‚ and Ã‚â€œscheduleÃ‚.
With the shoes chosen for both Pharrell and Snoop, Mariah and her team zoomed off to their private jet which, by this time, had been waiting four extra hours to take off. But they kindly sent me back to our hotel in style in a Rolls Royce Phantom which was so big it was nearly the size of my whole flat!