This bonus track from the deluxe edition of Unapologetic finds Rihanna explaining that she's more than just surface. "Saw me on the television, that's just the half," she sings. "You saw the half of it. This is the life I live, and that's just the half of it."
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé and her frequent collaborator Naughty Boy (real name Shahid Khan) wrote the song. Speaking with Guilty Pleasures, Khan revealed how this song made Rihanna weep. "When they played it to her she cried," he said. "It was the week her grandmother died and it's quite an emotional song."
The Norwegian duo Stargate produced the track. It is one of four on Unapologetic that they helmed, including the hit single, "Diamonds."
Sandé has also written songs for the likes of Leona Lewis and Alicia Keys. During an interview on Fresh 102.7's Jim & Kim Show, the Scot was asked if she ever feels that her songs misinterpreted by the artists? She replied: "No, I've never had that feeling. When you can it's great to get in the studio with them. When I was writing for Rihanna we met up in LA and she told me what she was feeling, and what she wanted in the song. You're tailoring the song for someone specifically."
The version that was played for Rihanna was just the demo recorded by Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy on their iPhone. Naughty Boy told Source magazine: "I suppose it just proves that any song doesn't have to be the best version of it as long as you can hear the song and you can feel the song – even an iPhone demo."
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.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.