Kanye & Rihanna: Were all the songs from This Is Acting intentionally written for other artists? There's one that I went into a session with Kanye, to write for Rihanna, so that one [Reaper] was intended for her.
They'll entice me into a session by saying, "Rihanna will definitely be there" or "Kanye will definitely be there," but it's hilarious because I turn up and, almost always, they never come. So I went into the studio to write for Rihanna with Kanye and neither of them showed up and stayed for less than an hour. They had two tracks. They told me what they had wanted. There were notes from Kanye, and I can't even remember what they were. I remember I just raced in and raced out, and I thought there was something about the chorus that seemed fun about this song, but I never thought it would see the light of day.
[Cheap Thrills] was also for Rihanna Her manager said "We want 'Diamonds.' We need soul. We want some music that has feeling. I went to Greg [Kurstin], and that's what we came up with. I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her. It's more Icona Pop. We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it. We've been pitching on Rihanna for the last couple years because she's been looking for a couple years. Well, it feels like a couple years. It might be one year. They're always looking for that first single.
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i love to read about this, the sessions are so different.