- Rihanna has rejected various songs that were later recorded by other artists.
- Not every song originally intended for her was a perfect fit for the albums she’d been working on.
- Some songs rejected by Rihanna include Pitbull’s “Timber” and Sia’s “Chandelier.”
The producer added that after Rihanna heard her “Unapologetic” track “Pour It Up,” she pivoted to working on that “right away. And she didn’t even hear ‘We Can’t Stop.'”
However, Cyrus “nailed the record, and she did it with her swag,” he said. “So it sounds totally different from what we originally tried to come up with.”
Instead, the pair welcomed “Hide Away” singer Daya aboard the project. With her assistance, the song made its way into the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 2016.
“There aren’t a lot of artists that are appreciative of the songwriters, but the ones you want to work with are people like Ariana, who came in the room and said, ‘Please let me try this song and if I do, I promise I’ll treat it well,'” he said.
“So he ended up with the beat and then when he recorded it he was singing, and I was like ‘Word? Singing. You’re really rolling with this, huh?’ Drake took it and made his own magic record,” the producer explained.
“So what happened is that Beyoncé just slid into home base and threw the money down and it was a really awkward situation,” she added.
She then went off and made “Cheap Thrills” for Rihanna but “realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her.”
“We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it,” she said.
“Then I think Selena heard it and was into it and she sang it and it just suited her voice and her story so well. The song felt so emotional and real coming from her. I was really happy she cut it, it felt very powerful,” the songwriter added.
“The person we were looking at first to work on that record was actually Rihanna and Rihanna had something she had to do with Shakira, so she wasn’t able to work on our record,” he said, according to Just Jared.