The first single to be released from Zedd's second studio album is a jubilant track, which features Selena Gomez on vocals. The two artists co-wrote the song, along with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love
," Beyoncé's "Halo
.") and New Jersey-based producer KDrew, who previously remixed Zedd's hit tune "Stay The Night
Zedd recalled the story of the song in a Genius
"Ryan Tedder was on a plane when he had an idea. He sent me a little demo—'I want you to know' was the only lyric. The rest was mumbling, there was no real song around it. 'You would be the guy to kill this song,' he said. 'You can do it. You have to do this.'"
"I listened to it and I wasn't really in love with it. But that line—'I want you to know'—stuck in my head, nothing else. So I started making a song for it. I really nailed the production, and I realized the potential of the song. Then Ryan and I started brainstorming singers who could fit.
I had met Selena randomly and I told her, 'You should play my album, maybe there is something that will fit you.' I played her all the records and she really liked 'I Want You To Know.' We recorded her and I never tried anyone else."