Some of Diana Ross’ most memorable solo hits, such as 1980’s ‘Upside Down’ and ‘I’m Coming Out,’ have a decidedly personal tone, as she acknowledged in an interview with Steppin’ Out magazine. “It has to be real for me,” Ross said of the songs she performs. “Usually, it comes from what’s going on in my life. In fact, when I talk to a songwriter, I’m talking about what’s going on with me right now, then they write the story of my life. It’s usually the tapestry of my life at that time. When I sat down with Nile Rodgers (of Chic, who produced and co-wrote her 1980 album, ‘Diana’), I said: ‘My life feels upside down; I feel like I’m coming out.’ And that’s what he and (Chic cohort) Bernard Edwards wrote about. That’s how they wrote ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Upside Down’.”
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