Rihanna said: “I don’t really think it suits my album. but I’d do it as a feature.” Harris originally intended for this song to be on Rihanna’s Anti album, but after playing the song for her she decided to feature on it instead after she completed recording her album.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, he said: “She was gonna do it in LA. She didn’t, she couldn’t. She had to finish her album. So it got pushed back a couple months and then there was a day in New York, or like some hours in New York that she had free because she was on tour at the time as well. I said well OK we didn’t get the vocal last time, I’m gonna fly over to New York and just make sure that I get it because I really want it today. This is the only day she has on tour if it’s not today it’s another two months, so can I come over. So I checked into the Mercer and I waited for her engineer to call me. Her engineer didn’t call me and then I was texting him and I was like ‘is she there yet’ she wasn’t there yet. In the end it was four am I fell asleep. I woke up at like eight to three texts from him and he was like ‘we got it. It’s great, let me get everything together for you. And you can come pick it up tomorrow.’ So he finished at two, my flight was at four. We left the hotel, I had this brown bag with a hard drive in it. We drove to the studio, we heard the vocal once. I’m like ‘that’s great’ they put it on the hard drive, I put it in my bag, we drive around the corner to the helipad, we take off in the helicopter to the airport and I have this priceless vocal in my brown bag. Get on the plane, I sat it there opposite me in the seat, I looked at it and I was just like that was like a bank heist. That felt incredible, knowing that I had the most important vocals that I’ve ever got and it felt amazing. I would’ve waited six months for it.”
After that, Rihanna hadn’t heard the final mix until Harris played it for her at Coachella one night before she made a surprise appearance at the California Music festival with Harris. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, he told Nick Grimshaw: “She was like ‘this is sick.’ It was great. It was the first time anything’s happened like that with me when I sit with the artist and nervous to play it to her because I changed so many bits from when she heard it, like musically. I’ll never forget that actually, sitting in the trailer playing it and seeing the vibe hitting her, she was into it. It was amazing.”
Taylor Swift co-wrote this song with Harris and recorded a demo on her iPhone before sending to Harris while they were dating. But because the couple had feared that their status as a celebrity couple might overshadow the song, Swift hid under the Swedish sounding pseudonym.
Release Date: April 29, 2016
Songwriter/s: Calvin Harris – Taylor Swirft
Label: Westbury Road – Columbia
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Dance Club Songs and the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts, but peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Recording Industry Assoiation of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.2 million copies. In the UK, the song peaked at 2 on the Official Charts Company and topped the Dance Charts. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.2 million copies. ‘This is what you came for’ was a huge success around the world topping the charts in several countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Portugal Russia, Scotland, Slovakia and South Africa. It received many certifications such as Double Diamond in Poland, Diamond in France, 6 times Platinum in Australia, Quadruple Platinum in Canada, Italy and Sweden. In Belgium and Spain it was certified Double Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Adam Richard Wiles aka Calvin Harris was 32 years old and Robyn Rihanna Fenty was 28 years old when this song was released.
Cover Versions: Madilyn Bailey – Conor Maynard – Kurt Hugo Schneider – boyceavenue – Alex Alono – Vidya Vox – Jannine Weigel – Nicole Cross – Fly By Midnight – Travis Garland – Emma Heesters – Tanner Patrick – Devvon Terell – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.