Recorded in Nashville where the White Stripes worked on their Icky Thump album, "Honey, We Can't Afford to Look This Cheap" was used as the B-side to their "Conquest" single. Jack White wrote the song after moving to Nashville in 2005 and discovering a strange culture where musicians and songwriters put on airs in order to make headway. The song tells the story of a couple who try to make up for their shortcomings by acting like they've made it, but they're getting scared, as the guy knows he's going to have to give his tuxedo back soon.
Beck produced this song with Jack White and also played slide guitar on the track. It marked the only White Stripes session where they used an outside producer.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.
The bedrock of David Guetta's Nicki Minaj-featuring single "Hey Mama" is a sample of "Rosie," a 1940s prison recording from folk archivist Alan Lomax that songwriter Esther Dean first showed the French DJ on YouTube.
16-tear-old Lorde wrote the lyrics to "Royals" at home in just half an hour. She was inspired by the "ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence" that runs through such albums as Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die.