Singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy (Jordin Sparks'"No Air
," Justin Timberlake's Take Back The Night
") also contributed to the writing of the song, whose chorus has drawn comparisons withThe Gap Band's 1983 R&B hit "Outstanding."
It was James Fauntleroy's description of an awards show after-party that got Mars thinking about the sound he wanted for this song and the rest of the 24K
album. The singer recalled to NME
that Fauntleroy told him that at the party, "Everybody [was] hugged up against the wall, everyone's being too cool, everyone's being tough...The vibe is a little..tight."
"But the DJ drops The Gap Band's 'Outstanding,'" Mars added, "and James said that he'd never seen anything like it."
"Everybody just rushed to the dance floor, guys are holding girls' hands, singing to them," he continued. "And that story just kind of inspired me and reminded me of what I want to do and the kind of music I want to write."