Prince and Zooey Deschanel premiered a snippet of this duet during the 2014 post-Super Bowl episode of New Girl. Thanks to Purple One's appearance in the Fox comedy, it became the top-rated scripted telecast among the big four TV networks in three years, averaging nearly 26 million viewers.
The song was dropped as a single on March 18, 2014 via an agreement with major label Epic Records and L.A. Reid. It was the first time that Prince and the veteran executive had teamed up on a release.
Prince's appearance on New Girl also featured the Purple One dishing out relationship advice to Zooey Deschanel's Jess character. His guest role resulted after the Minneapolis superstar reached out to the show's producers. "He said, 'I'm a big fan. I'd love to do the show at some point in the future,'" said New Girl creator Liz Meriwether.
Deschanel is an accomplished vocalist as well as an actress and has teamed up with singer-songwriter M. Ward to release a series of albums under the moniker She & Him. However, prior to this duet, Deschanel's singing had previously never featured on New Girl (outside of the theme song). The Hollywood Reporter asked Meriwether whether having Prince there changed that? "It might, it might," she replied with a laugh.
"That was also definitely about trying to figure out what was within the world of the show, but it was just so fun to watch and shoot. We just felt, again, it was one of those moments where we're like, 'Well, let's just go for it.' I think we can come back from this without losing all of our integrity. Basically, it's just awesome to see."
The song was reworked in 2015 by Prince for his HITnRUN album.