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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: Madonna Insecure About Covering Classic

NEW YORK -- Madonna wasn't sure she could do justice to Don McLean's 1971 classic "American Pie.''

She told the New York Daily News for Sunday's edition that she recorded her own version of McLean's homage to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper for her new movie "The Next Best Thing'' at the urging of co-star Rupert Everett.

"I thought, 'Who am I to do a cover of a pop classic?' But I was working in the studio on other music, and it was like, 'OK, let's just try it.' And it kind of worked, to my surprise.''

Everett also lends his voice to the song in distant background vocals.

"To me, it's a real millennium song,'' Madonna said. "We're going through a big change in terms of the way we view pop culture, because of the Internet.

"In a way, it's like saying good-bye to music as we know it - and to pop culture as we know it," she said.