When TooFab caught up with the "Ridiculousness" star at this weekend's MTV Movie and TV Awards, she assured us she's "always ahead of the wave" when it comes to trends. And though Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus dropped "Old Town Road" before she could release "Old Fashioned," she said been working on her song for quite some time now.
"I know there's gonna be a few comments of people being like, 'Oh, you copied Old Town Road,' except I wrote the song like a year-and-a-half to two years ago," Chanel said when we asked about "Old Fashioned," which drops this Friday. "I had never heard 'Old Town Road' at that point. And when we came up with the video concept and filmed it, I also had not heard 'Old Town Road' at that point. It's just coincidental!"
In March, Chanel posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the video shoot, using the caption, "I got the horses in the back."
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"I think somehow there's this weird energy everywhere where people were like, 'Let's get into the old western style!'" she told us. "So I think it's very much back in. That was what I was going for. I really wanted to -- you know, I got West in my name. I'm Chanel West Coast, so I was like, 'Let's do a Wild West Coast-type thing.' And so it's very Wild Wild West. That's the theme of the video."
"I'm gonna get the engineer who recorded me at the studio pull up the session and be like, 'Show them the date we did this.' We have emails from sending it, everything. Just so people know, you know?" she added. "I'm always ahead of the wave, and then somehow, my video ends up dropping way later than I want it to, and then I look like I'm not ahead of the wave. I have bad luck in that way, but it's all good."
The 30-year-old went on to tell us she wants more than anything to work with Drake, and she's fairly certain the four-time Grammy winner already knows that.
"I say this all the time, and it's gonna get to a point where I'm sure he gets Google Alerts he might see," she said before shooting her 51st shot. "Like, what's up, Drake?! I know you've seen me say this on 50 different interviews!"
Given the nature of the evening, we had to ask Chanel about her favorite movie and television show of the year, and her answers did not disappoint.
"My favorite movie was definitely 'Bohemian Rhapsody,'" she told us. "Most inspiring movie ever. And it's so funny because I got in an argument with some people I work with. The day before, they were saying my song is too long and we gotta get rid of a verse. And then I went to go see 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and Freddie Mercury's having the whole fight about how the song's 6 minutes and it needs to be shorter, and I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'm just like Freddie Mercury!' I'm like, 'Why does the song have to be 3 minutes?! The DJ's gonna cut it off or mix it into another song anyways; just let the song ride out, you know?' It was very inspiring to watch, being an artist. I think for all artists, they need to see 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'"
"I'm all about the female empowerment, and I think that 'Handmaid's Tale' is a show where it really shows how women need to come together as a force, you know?" she explained. "'Cause I've been watching the show, wondering the whole time, 'Look how many girls in the red robes there are! You guys coulda probably took these guys out by now! Like, come together!'"