Sorry

Album: Single Release Only (2013)
Charted: 73
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the debut single recorded by American singer and actress Naya Rivera, who is. best known for her portrayal of Santana Lopez on Fox television series Glee. The track has the collaboration of Rivera's rap star boyfriend Big Sean. "It's a fresh song, right? It's like a ladies' anthem," Sean told MTV News. "She's like a great musician. Obviously, everybody knows she can sing real good, so I really don't know anything too much about singing like that. I just know what I know about music and what she knows about music and when we combine them we help each other out, so it's cool."
  • The song finds Rivera announcing to the world that she's the woman in Sean's life now. "When I went on hiatus, I just got in the room with some of my friends that are really good producers and we just sat and listened to tracks and started writing songs. This sort of organically came up and it was something I wanted to talk about," she explained to MTV News. "It's fun and I think it's a really good representation of the sound that you can expect from me going forward."
  • Rivera told Billboard magazine about the collaboration of her boyfriend. "I wrote the song at the beginning of the summer along with some other songs… and this song just felt like a really good end-of-summer song," she said. "I wanted to get a feature on it, and it just felt like Sean's swag and his vibe would just really fit this well, and I was right."
  • Rivera told the story of the song to Artist Direct: "I wanted to write a song basically about winning and not apologizing for it," she said. "I really like that hashtag #sorrynotsorry that everyone would tweet. We were having a conversation about Twitter and that. There were also some experiences I took my friends and it all just boiled into one song."
  • The recording of the song happened very quickly. Said Rivera: "I was in a writing session. We had the concept, and I just wrote #sorrynotsorry down. We went away to go pick up food. When we got back, the producer had the skeleton of the beat up. I was like, 'That sounds amazing!' It took us a minute to get the melody. It just clicked. It was very organic."

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