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By Scott T. Sterling

During Kesha’s triumphant set at CBS Radio’s We Can Survive benefit show, the pop star welcomed Macklemore to the stage so the pair could perform their collaborative single, “Good Old Days.”

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During an exclusive backstage interview at We Can Survive, Macklemore shared how he first met Kesha, with the two becoming fast friends.

“Kesha was working on (the song) ‘Praying’ with Ryan Lewis,” Macklemore explained. “Ryan hit me up like ‘Yo, you gotta get in the studio with Kesha, you guys would really click.’ She wanted to talk on the phone, and I hate talking on the phone,” he joked. “I was like ‘oh no, I’ve gotta talk to this person on the phone, it’s gonna be super awkward.’ And we got on the phone, and she was hella cool.”

“She started sending me voice notes of ideas and sketches, which I really just was like wow, this person is really comfortable with their artistry,” he added. “She was like, ‘I’m sick, I have the flu, but here’s an idea.’ So we got in the studio in Seattle, and she was just great. Vulnerable, open to feedback, and wanted to make the song the best that it could be.”

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