R&B songwriter Joseph "Lonny" Bereal helped Rowland to co-write this sultry ballad. Bereal has worked as a songwriter and vocal producer with a number of artists such as Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, and Keyshia Cole. Rowland guested on his debut solo single "Favour" in 2011, which reached #83 on the R&B chart. The other credited co-writers are Amber Streeter of the American R&B girl group RichGirl and J. J-Doe Smith. Christopher "C4" Umana produced the song.
The video was shot on November 22 and November 23, 2011 in Paris. Actor Lance Gross plays Rowland's love interest in the clip. Many of you will know him from his portrayal of Calvin Payne in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House Of Payne.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
The bedrock of David Guetta's Nicki Minaj-featuring single "Hey Mama" is a sample of "Rosie," a 1940s prison recording from folk archivist Alan Lomax that songwriter Esther Dean first showed the French DJ on YouTube.