Worth It

Album: Reflection (2015)
Charted: 3 12

Songfacts®:

  • This empowering slice of party-ready R&B was penned by Priscilla Renea (Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up." Pitbull's "Timber") It was produced by the Norwegian hit-making team of Stargate with jazz saxophonist and music producer Ori Kaplan.
  • Lyrically, this finds Fifth Harmony calling the shots with some guy they are interested in, assuring him that they are "worth it." Dinah Jane Hansen croons the first verse, Camila Cabello the second whilst Normani Kordei handles the first pre-chorus section and Ally Brooke Hernandez the second and third.
  • LA rapper Kid Ink makes a guest appearance, rapping on the bridge about how his girl is acting shy and encouraging her to "bring it back like you left something."

    Originally, the song was slated as a Kid Ink solo effort; when it went to Fifth Harmony, it was tweaked to make it from a female perspective.
  • The video incorporates the song's message of feminism and girl power as all five of the Fifth Harmony girls take control from a man in different circumstances. "The gender roles were kind of swapped within the music video," Normani told MTV News. "That's a point that we really wanted to make sure that stood out."
  • Three of the Fifth Harmony members, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, and Ally Brooke Hernandez, are Latinas, so it was a logical move for them to record an Español version of this song. The quintet dropped "Dame Esta Noche," the same week that they performed the tune on Spanish-language awards show Premios Juventud.
  • Before making the video, the girls asked fans to tweet in about feminism and female empowerment. Bits from some of the tweets they received were used in the backdrop in the scenes where words and symbols are scrolling across a screen.
  • Stargate's Tor Erik Hermansen told Entertainment Weekly how the production duo came to work with the girl group. "Fifth Harmony's record company came to us and asked us to work with them. We saw something in the group that hadn't necessarily been brought out yet, which was the fact that these girls were into hip-hop and more urban records. The songs they put out didn't reflect their personalities, so that really sparked our vision for writing for them. This particular song started with a saxophone riff from a guy named Ori Kaplan from the group Balkan Beat Box, which plays Eastern European music in a very original way. We built a beat around this saxophone riff, and once we had that, we said, 'Okay, do we have any a capellas that could fit it?' It was almost like what you would do if you were a DJ trying to make a mashup. The melody and lyrics were from an old song we had, and it just worked over the beat right away. Priscilla Renea didn't even remember the original track. We had to tell her, 'Remember this song that you wrote a year or two ago?'"

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