Co-writer Ross Golan (Lady Antebellum's "Compass
", Flo Rida's "My House
") originally penned the song with a completely different superstar in mind. "I actually thought it was going to be more country," Golan revealed in an interview with CBS' This Morning
. "I was kind of hoping Carrie Underwood would cut it. If Carrie Underwood's listening: please cut it," he added jokingly.
Golan also considered Alicia Keys and Rihanna, before Ariana Grande's persistence won him over. He said: "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.' It's the name of her album and the name of her tour now."