LISTEN: Judith Hill “Love Letter” Song to Kim Jong-un, Dissing James Franco
Judith Hill, a onetime Michael Jackson backup singer and “The Voice” contestant signed to Sony Music, has recorded a tongue-in-cheek love song to Kim Jong-un in which she disses James Franco, whose movie The Interview is at the center of the Sony hacking crisis. Listen to the song below.
According to reports, Hill originally wrote the song and submitted it to The Interview for soundtrack consideration. When it wasn’t accepted, and in light of the North Korean-linked hacking saga that followed, Hill adjusted the lyrics and changed the title from “A Love Letter to James Franco” to “A Love Letter to Kim Jong-un.” In the song, she jokingly expresses her affection for the dictator, singing, “Kim Jong-un, James Franco ain’t got nothing on you.”
Hill’s track references Franco’s filmography in the song, with lines like, “You’re so arresting, and I could wait here 127 Hours, it’s true / And if This Is The End, and then the credits roll / There’s only one Oscar, and baby it goes to you.” The New York Post reports that Hill changed her lyrics in an attempt to “mediate peace between North Korea and the U.S.” It remains to be seen whether this musical diplomacy can end international tensions. Listen to the song below, and tell us what you think.