"Gypsy" was a collaboration between two different songwriting teams: Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, and Amanda Ghost and Ian Dench. Sturken and Rogers brought Rihanna to America and recorded the demo that got her a record deal; they also co-wrote her hits "Pon De Replay
" and "Shut Up And Drive
." Ghost and Dench have Shakira's Beyoncé duet "Beautiful Liar
" on their credits.
In a Songfacts interview with Sturken
, he said they wrote it for a singer named Jessie James, but her label rejected it. "Amanda was really upset," he said. "And then, it was about two months later that she called us up and said, 'Yeah, I've got it on Shakira. How do you like that?' So we were just super excited."
Sturken added: "The only time I met Shakira was at the album release party in New York and she was super nice. She's beautiful, apparently she has a genius IQ, she speaks four languages, she dances, writes songs, and
she's super nice."