“This song is about a girl’s perspective looking at my life; she’s not going to put up with my shit anymore.” according to co-writer Andrew Watt.
‘It Ain’t Me’ is based on personal experiences of Gomez and co-writer Ali Tamposi. The lyrics were written by Andrew Watt, Brian Lee and Ali Tamposi. Kygo’s manager Myles Shear contacted Andrew Watt for a session with the DJ, during that session Brian Lee and Tamposi were there too. During the session, they were trying to salvage the track because initially they found it very poor. Kygo and Shear then left the session, and Tamposi suggested to Watt and Lee to play guitar and ‘Fleetwood Mac it’, spawning a 45-minute jam session as well as the demo of “It Ain’t Me”, a simple acoustic guitar recording with Tamposi on vocals.
After that Watt, Lee and Tamposi asked Kygo to return to the studio to hear the second version of the song, Tamposi said: “When they pushed the space bar to play the song, Kygo went from this very sweet, polite, charming young man to this super human producer guy. I was watching his eyes go back, left and right, just mapping out how he envisioned the production of the song. He was extremely excited”.
Kygo and Watt then started working on the production where they followed the melodies and message of the demo bringing the song to life according to Tamposi.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Tamposi said: “I feel the most proud of this song, If every song was that easy, I think I would be in less shock, but I’m in shock because it came together so perfectly. I can’t imagine it being different in any way.”
Selena Gomez heard ‘It Ain’t Me’ a month after it was finished; she recorded it a few days later. Tamposi and Gomez shared a similar emotional vision for the song based on their own personal experiences.
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Songwriter/s: Kyrne Gorvell-Dahll – Selena Gomez – Andrew Wotman – Brian Lee – Ali Tamposi.
Label: Sony – Ultra
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, reached number 2 on the Mainstream Top 40 and topped the Dance/Electronic Songs Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it reached number 7 on the UK Singles Charts and number 2 on the Dance Charts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 600,000 copies. The song topped the charts in Canada, Croatia, Lebanon and Norway. It reached the top 10 charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. ‘It Ain’t Me’ was certified Diamond in France, Quadruple Platinum in Canada, Triple Platinum in Australia, Double Platinum in Italy and Spain. In Austria, Belgium, Denmark and New Zealand it was certified Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Kyrne Gorvell-Dahll and Selena Marie Gomez were both 25 years old when this song was released.
Cover Versions:Boyce Avenue – Kina Grannis & KHS – J.Fla – Bars and Melody – Romy Wave – Madilyn Paige – Emma Heesters – Lindsey Stirling & Kurt Hugo Schneider – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.