The first single from The Script's third album was recorded in Los Angeles and features will.i.am. Frontman Danny O'Donoghue decided to hook up with The Black Eye Pea after the pair worked together as coaches on The Voice UK. O'Donoghue explained to The Sun: "I played Will a few demos backstage early on in The Voice. We got to 'Hall Of Fame' and he immediately asked if he could have it for his new album, as it was exactly what he was looking for. I wasn't having it, it was our lead single but I asked if he'd be on it. He agreed and we booked in time to record it. The problem is, he's either late or completely flakes, so it took four attempts to get him to record his part."The Irish singer added: "Eventually we put it together in his hotel room in 15 minutes. It's a classic duet, I do one line and he responds. We're really excited about it and hoping we'll get out and do it live too."
Another successful musical collaboration born out of two artists meeting as judges on The Voice was "Moves Like Jagger." Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine teamed up with Christina Aguilera for the song after working with her on the first US series of the singing talent contest.
O'Donoghue said regarding the song's meaning: "It's a really inspirational song about not following money, not following the things that 'music' would be believe is important – like red carpets and this that and the other. It's about following your heart."
Speaking with SoundSpike, O'Donoghue explained the title of the album means a lot more than just being the band's third record. "I was born the third of October," he said. "We recorded it in studio three. This is our third album. There's this energy. I live in flat three. The symbol three if you turn it around, it's an E and E's the most commonly used letter in the English language. It's a crazy symbol. We changed all the Es to 3s on our album sleeve. We said, "Oh my god, they're everywhere."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.