This was released as a single from The Wanted's third studio album Word of Mouth. Nathan Sykes said when the song was announced: "It started with me writing a simple piano ballad and has ended up incorporating a 14 piece string orchestra! We are so excited for people to hear this song as we feel it really shows a completely new side to The Wanted." The track was revealed on September 10, 2013 and premiered on the radio the same day.
Nathan Sykes explained to MTV UK that the slow jam is about the struggles of having a relationship in the showbiz world. "It's a song I wrote in an afternoon with a friend of mine," he said. "And it really means a lot to me 'cause it kind of goes into how hard it is to hold a relationship when you're in this business, traveling the world and stuff like that."
Sykes added: "And it's just saying to someone 'I could have shown you the world but obviously we're on different paths.' I think that's kind of how a lot of people in this industry kind of feel, but I think it's very relatable to a lot of the fans as well because sometimes in life that just happens and people end up on different paths and it just doesn't work out."
The song's black and white video was directed by Frank Borin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem) and filmed in late September 2013. It features the boyband performing in a theatre as they observe the disintegration of a man and woman's relationship, before becoming part of the story themselves.
"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes has endured as one of the most popular songs of the '90s, but it wasn't a huge hit at the time and the band split after one album. Frontwoman Linda Perry went on to write hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."