• This Pharrell Williams and Timbaland-produced track finds Beyoncé in a dirty mood as she sings about oral sex. We hear the Texan Queen of Pop Music croon on the Prince-esque tune, "when you lick my skittles. It's the sweetest in the middle." We can assure you she's not talking about candy.
  • The song was Beyonce's first collaboration with Timbaland, who appears later for a call and response. However the Texan singer worked with Pharrell before when he produced "Green Light" and "Kitty Kat" from her B'Day album.
  • Justin Timberlake also contributed to the writing of the song; Beyoncé previously teamed up with the Mirrors singer when she appeared as a guest on his "Until The End Of Time" remix. Timberlake is also a serial collaborator with her husband, Jay-Z.
  • Beyoncé told GQ magazine of working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake on this song. "We all started in the '90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us."
  • This was initially intended to be the lead pop single from Beyoncé. However, its release was cancelled at the last minute and the label decided to drop "XO" instead.
  • The Hype Williams-directed video was filmed in a roller skating rink in Houston, Texas where Beyoncé skated as a child. The TMZ website said that the surprise release of the Beyoncé album and music clips was kept a secret from nearly everybody who was involved in its production. A girl named Morgan Hebert was one of the dancers in the visual, which was filmed in September 2013, and the Texan and her team made sure no one truly knew what was going on. "She and a few other dancers from Beyonce's Super Bowl show flew to Houston for the two-day shoot and it was like Fort Knox," claimed the outlet. "No cell phones, no pictures, nothing. She also had to sign a scary confidentiality agreement. Morgan says she figured it was all for a music video, but didn't expect anything to be released until next year."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Mike Love of The Beach Boys

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New York

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Guy Clark

Guy ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.

The Punk Photography of Chris Stein

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.

Jon Anderson of Yes

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.