Musician and actress Jennifer Hudson shared some of her experiences regarding working with Iggy Azalea on their joint single, “Trouble,” which was included on Azalea’s rerelease of her debut album, Reclassified. The single is set to be released to US radio on February 24th; a lyric video was released earlier this month, and the duo have already shot a music video in support of the release. In promotional shots from the shoot, Hudson was seen dressed in a police uniform arresting Azalea. Regarding the video experience, Hudson commented, “working with her was a surprise,” adding “it’s like a different way to see an artist work. Like she’s so creative. She actually directed that video and wrote the treatments.” Hudson revealed that the collaboration inspired her to take further control of her own musical career. Currently, there is no official release date scheduled for the video, but it is expected to make an appearance relatively soon.
The duo has already performed the single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and their performance was well received. “Trouble” marks the second collaboration between Hudson and Azalea, the first being “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” which was featured on Hudson’s 2014 release, J.Hud. Azalea released Reclassified in the wake of her successes during the summer of 2014, and the album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 16. The album’s first single, “Beg For It,” was co-written by Charli XCX and featured vocals from Danish musician MØ. The single was heralded by some as formulaic and derivative of Azalea’s “Fancy” and “Black Widow,” both of which featured collaborations with female singers.
The American Idol alum-turned-actress was listed in Billboard Magazine’s first ever Double Threats Special, a list meant to highlight artists who have displayed the ability to work in at least two realms of entertainment. Hudson made the list for her seamless ability to blend her musical background with film work. When asked what her favorite thing about acting was, the musician explained, “What I love about acting is that it’s the outlet to express myself. It’s another form of freedom of expression.” The musician will be moving into yet another realm when she takes the stage for a musical performance in The Color Purple. Others joining Jennifer Hudson in Billboards’s Double Threats Special include Jared Leto, Anna Kendrick, and Rita Ora.