The second promotional single by Chris Brown from his sixth studio album Carpe Diem finds him lamenting about a former flame. The song was produced by Dutch DJ Afrojack and released on December 18, 2012.
Afrojack wrote the song with Brown along with Jay Sean's frequent collaborator Jared Cotter. Afrojack produced it with Leroy Styles.
Afrojack told MTV News: "It was basically a track that I wrote together with a friend of mine called Leroy Styles, a new guy that I signed to my label. And you know Polow da Don, he's good friends with Chris Brown and I worked with him a little."
Brown contributed vocals after Polow played the track for Afrojack. "He jumped on it immediately. I got vocals. I was like 'wow' and he killed it completely," said the Dutch DJ to MTV News. "Like he did a part that we already wrote and he did a completely new part. It fits perfectly. It's like streamline; it's like a fast car."
Afrojack introduced this song at Clive Davis' 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala, where he included it as part of a dance music set. Chris Brown and Afrojack previously collaborated on the Grammy-winning track "Look At Me Now."
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.